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The Modern World

This poem was written in 2019 and appears in My Father's Daughter. 

Stop all the texts, 
remove the mobile phone,
prevent the isolated 
spending time alone,
turn off the modem, 
cease the internet,
make some memories 
you will not forget.

Let Facebook miss you, 
let the tweeting stop,
go do your shopping 
in an actual shop,
put down the tablet, 
put the kindles back,
live dangerously; 
read a paperback!

We used to call, to talk, 
to just converse,
now it seems 
that we find nothing worse.
Talking to voicemail 
or to answerphone,
we have our conversations 
on our own.

Libraries are not wanted now, 
close up every door,
dare we venture to wander 
or to just explore?
Losing real connection, 
deprived of human touch,
face to face meetings 
have become too much.
Copyright © 2021 Lily Lawson

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