The Computer Swallowed Grandma Poem Summary & Line by Line Explanation in English


The poem’s writer is anonymous, meaning one doesn’t know who wrote the poem. The poem used humour and is light-hearted in nature but depicts an important issue to the readers through the narrator who is trying to find his lost grandmother using the electronic means. 

Stanza 1

The computer swallowed grandma.
Yes, honestly its true!
She pressed 'Control' and 'Enter'
And disappeared from view.

The poem starts with the narrator frantically saying that the computer swallowed grandma. The narrator asserts importance on the fact that as soon as she pressed ‘control’ and ‘enter’ she disappeared from the narrators eyesight. The speaker of the poem raises a concern using humor.

Stanza 2

It devoured her completely,
The thought just makes me squirm.
She must have caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.

The second stanza paints a picture of the helpless grandmother which makes the narrator of the poem squirm. The narrator is worried as the grandmother could’ve caught a virus or been eaten by a worm as she’s no longer visible. 

Stanza 3

I've searched through the recycle bin
And files of every kind;
I've even used the Internet,
But nothing did I find.

The narrator had tried searching for his grandmother everywhere but all went down the drain. The narrator claimed that he had searched the recycle bin and even used the Internet but couldn’t spot his grandmother anywhere. The narrator is horrorstruck as he is unable to find his grandmother.

Stanza 4

In desperation, I asked Jeeves
My searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative,
Not a thing was found "Online.”

The narrator did not know what to do defined his grandmother and so he finally asked Jeeves home whom we assume was the name of his butler. Jeeves tried hard to search for the narrator’s grandmother but he found nothing on the Internet and his answer was negative.

Stanza 5

So, if inside your 'Inbox',
My Grandma you should see,
Please 'Copy', 'Scan' and "Paste' her
In an email back to me.

The final stanza acts as an plea to the readers from the narrator, who was unsuccessful in finding his grandmother. He requests the readers to check their Internet or their computer and if they see his grandmother, they are to ‘Copy’, ‘Scan’ and ‘Paste’ it in an email.


The humorous poem carries an underlying meaning as it wants to convey how addiction for the computer and the Internet works. His grandmother was taken over by a computer, showing us how one can completely get involved in the world of virtual assistance. The poem also shows how grandmothers can be loving to her family members and how much they care for her so much so that they take all means to retrace her back.