Rabbits Ears

Not the furry kind

R …. day 18 and time for a bit of telly 🙂


I remember when we got a telly first

Janey Mack, we were all fit to burst

We scrambled for a place on the sofa

Eleven of us, pushing each other over

Causing murder, making a big din

We waited anxiously as Da plugged it in

The screen stayed blank for such a long time

Then there was just zig zag lines

‘It’s the ariel’ said Da,holding it up over his head

‘Can you see it now?’ ‘No Da, it’s still dead’

Well he moved it up,he moved it down

He even lay with it on the ground

He opened the window,held the ariel outside

When the picture appeared,he swelled up with pride

‘Now what do you all think of that’?

‘Not much’ said me brother,the little brat

Don’t you be a smart arse mister

Now for that ,you go the shops with your sister

Get me twenty sweet afton and bring back the change

Now go,while your ears are still out of range

He took the ariel inside but the zigzags came back

I thought he’d have a heart attack

‘Will I hold rabbits ears da?’ said me brother

‘There’s a button for the horizontal hold’, said me Mother

Da turned the knob,the picture became clear

Delighted,we all gave up a cheer

We watched the test card  for ages while Da had a snooze

Then woke him up to watch the News

rte test screen

He was delighted with his new tv

I wouldn’t mind but we’d only RTE

We sat and watched it every night

And,it was only black and white

When a neighbour died,we were in dismay

The telly was turned off. For the whole day!

‘As a mark of respect for the man’, said me Da

I thought that was going a bit too far

‘Just pull the curtains, no one will know

We’ll keep the sound down really low’

Ma told me to go straight to confession

‘I’m sorry’ I said. ‘I was only messin”

I was raging we were missing ‘Tolka Row’

And Gay Byrne on ‘The Late Late Show’

‘Do your eccer’said Da ‘or read a book,

Anyway,you’re too young to be watching that muck’

As he looked at the blank screen, I could tell

That he was missing his programmes aswell

The novelty wore off after a couple of days

We got bored with the test card and went out to play

My Da would be delighted if he was still here

Now that we have cable and not rabbits ears.

cable tv

*eccer* Irish slang for homework 🙂


About trishnugentwriter

A wife and mother of four who writes and acts as much as she can in between the housework and shopping. I have been published in 'Irelands Own' 'Intallaght' and 'Tallaght Echo'. I have won prizes for poetry including 1st place in The Bealtaine Writing comp in 2012.I'm a member of drama group in 'An Cosan' in Tallaght and also 'Platform One' Writers group in Rua Red.
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8 Responses to Rabbits Ears

  1. jwivory says:

    Ha! Brilliant. Brought back memories of our first black and white telly. I remember when I was about 11 or 12 our neighbour asked me in to watch the FA Cup final on his colour TV. I thought I’d gone to heaven!!

  2. Colour telly!! We didn’t have one of them for a long time.My friends Ma rented one out for Christmas one year. I thought they were really rich 🙂

  3. Growing up my Dad did have a remote. It was called kids! We would be called downstairs to change the channel!!
    Ahhhh the memories!! Great post!
    A to Z-ing to the end
    Peanut Butter and Whine

    • Haha.Yes we were the remote for my Da too…and the holders of the ariel when the news was on and tv wouldn’t tune in until ariel was in some mad place ,like in the corner on a chair where we’d stand ‘just for another minute, til the news is over’. Where was childline back in the day…ha 🙂

  4. Liz Brownlee says:

    Brought back memories! I can still remember asking my mum if TV would ever be in colour – i don’t know she said. I shouldn’t think so. And seeing it in colour for the first time, it was Top of the Pops watched at my dad’s business partner’s house – they went out for dinner and left us with the COLOUR TV. Also a pile of Agatha Christie books. I was quite young and scared myself to death starting to read one before they came back!
    Good luck with the rest of the A-Z! I’m doing animal poems and facts and often a drawing as well, I like to make things hard for myself.

    Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

    • We didn’t have colour tv for years and didn’t get BBC1 for a long time. Oh how I loved Thursday nights at 7.20 when Top of the Pops came on…Great days. Good luck with your blog I must pop over and have a read. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  5. Joe Owens says:

    I remember the rabbit ears. Thankfully we did not have them too long as cable burst on the scene shortly after I got to be a big television watcher. Now with so many options the rabbit ears seem like ancient history.

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