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.

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Technology’s Great…Isn’t It?

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein

Do you agree?

© Kakigori | Dreamstime.com - Girls Sitting Using Smartphone Photo
© Kakigori | Dreamstime.com – Girls Sitting Using Smartphone Photo

I used to know my way around this big city
It was quite easy to go from point A to point B
but now that I have this thing called a smart phone
I can no longer find my way anywhere on my own

I know all about what’s happening all over the world
I can tell you where in Morocco  you can find the best gold
But don’t ask me where to take the little one to play
If I didn’t have my smart phone, I wouldn’t know what to do all day

And at night when it’s time to sit down for dinner
The menu’s from the web, of course – and that’s a slice of liver
It’s good for you, my smart phone says and I believe it
They say it’s the world’s most potent food, so don’t just stare at it!

When it’s time for bed, why don’t we read a bedtime story?
My online library’s overflowing, Oh here’s Sleeping Beauty!
The words, they dance on the screen – isn’t that amazing?
Till my smart phone dies – now that’s a fate worse than a spindle sting!

So charge it up, for tomorrow’s another day
We know so much, yet we no longer know what to say
to the ones around us, our eyes glued only to the screen.
Technology’s great, isn’t it?  Yet it’s the saddest thing I’ve ever seen

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