Put Down That Phone

Once upon a time, I swore I’d never be
like these people I saw having dinner,
every one of them staring at their phones
instead of talking to each other

but now, what can I say,
but I’ve become just like them,
too busy to look up from my phone display
as I wait for another notification.

We’ve lost the ability to speak,
too immersed in our virtual worlds
where we chat in emoji,and swap pictures of cats
even as reality around us unfurls

to reveal nothing but emptiness ,
no more of the connections that used to matter
the way souls become real by being present
for we’re too lost in all the technological chatter.

Daily Prompt

4 thoughts on “Put Down That Phone

  1. You are preaching to the choir. Its so hard in today’s world to put the phone down!! We have become a society that is always afraid of missing something, when, in reality, we could be missing something that is right in front of us. Great post!!!

  2. I’ve noticed it to, especially since I got my first Iphone and fell immediately in love. It’s difficult to put it away, but I try to take at least one day a week phone free, mostly because I make my 16 year old do the same and he complains bitterly if I so much as glance at mine on Sunday! Haha

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