The Late Adopter

Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now”

When Queen were at the height of their popularity I didn’t like them. I was into punk and blues. I was tired of over produced and lyrically superficial pop songs.  Later I began to understand the amazing talent of Freddie Mercury and how innovative the band were. It was Queen with “Bohemian Rhapsody” who pioneered the pop video and blurred the lines between pop and opera. Yes, there were some duff ones in the twenty years of recording and they are still not in my favourite band list but despite Freddie’s death in 1991 the band continue to record and tour.freddie mercury

What I like about this track is the sheer exuberance of it. You can not help but feel invigorated by Freddie’s performance and there are a number of Queen tracks that I defy anyone not to want to get up and dance to. 

“Don’t stop me know” makes me realise that life is for living and I just need to get on with it despite the many distractions the world can throw in the way.

On more than one occasion my daughters have enthused about TV programs such as the The Wire, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad and urged me to watch them. This poem is my response. 

The Late Adopter

Now that the last series of Breaking Bad has finished

I am urged by my daughter to watch this American TV series

I tell her that the five series totalling fifty two episodes

Each lasting fifty minutes will take forty two hours of my life

I am nearly seventy years old and I don’t think I can commit


It isn’t that I am running on empty, yet

But the tank is definitely a lot less than a quarter full

There are no refills, no top ups and no reserve tank

There is a lot of road left to travel, a lot of sights still to see

And no time for long running drug related sagas

No matter how motherfucking good they are


© Jeff Price January 2018



2 thoughts on “The Late Adopter

  1. Think you’ve just answered your own question on what to do once you’ve finished 70 poems. Hope you carry on doing what you love best and not waste time on things you don’t. It encourages us all to do the same …”cos we’re connected, everyone and everything….” Eric Bibb. Keep on encouraging,
    Marie 🙂


    1. I love this! I am not (quite) near 70 yet and find myself impatient to “do something” wether it be a walk in the park, or a visit to a museum, or out to see a show, anything that involves interaction with the world.
      I seem to be surrounded by people who can’t hold a conversation that doesn’t start with “did you see…?” The inevitable answer is “no, I did not”.
      Time is running out, I feel at times, restricted by work and life’s committments and want to sack the whole lot off and go somewhere I have never been before, or try something new and different. I have not watched Game of Thrones, or Breaking Bad. Am sure they are fine productions but they are not all there is in the world…or even in my home town.


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