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