something about smartphone addiction by Bogdan Dragos

I liked her dad
He was an interesting guy

preached all day
about smartphone
while his daughter was on her
smartphone, ignoring

“A human life,” he was saying.
“Controlled by a piece
of plastic
with lights. A destiny
completely determined by
a machine
designed by corporations to become
god, to claim souls. How
blind, how utterly and
impossibly blind a whole generation
of human beings can be. To
willingly subject
themselves to slavery like
that. Their thumbs
and fingers always tap-tap-tapping
that screen
as if trying to break
their soul free from beyond. But
it never happens. You cannot
break a door
by merely knocking on it...”

“Whatever, dude,” said his daughter
with the phone before
her face

He shook his head and
then looked at me. This time
I too was looking
at my phone.
“I see she has corrupted you too,”
he said. “Shame. I was hoping
it could be
the other way around
just for once.”

I let the phone
down. “Me? Oh no, I was just
checking my e-mail. I've
sent some poems to
a bunch of publishers and
was hoping to
see a reply or something.”

“Hm, and is there any
reply?” he asked

“No,” I said

He nodded. “How about
a beer?”

“Sure. Thanks.”

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  1. Lucy dice:

    Ooh, I love this! The casual and conversational tone flows very well and realistic. I really enjoyed reading it.

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  2. Thanks for checking it out, Lucy!
    Much appreciated 🙂

    Here’s a text emoticon obsessively checking his phone :)))
    ( >📱

    His name is Steve. He’s been battling this addiction since seventh grade :))

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  3. Nicely written Bogdan. Easy conversational style. I like it……

    Poor Steve..I don’t have a smartphone. Just addicted to my computer and poetry. Am I headed for trouble? ……

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    1. Thanks, Don!

      And don’t worry about where you’re heading.
      You can only meet with trouble if you stop. As long as you keep going, you’ll be fine!
      ☆゚°.* ᕕ( ⌐■_■ )ᕗ

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      1. My mind refuses to let me stop. Isn’t it nice?……

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      2. Oh, it is perfect ( ´-ω・)

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  4. errr…the slavery to the tech, it can be a maddening excuse for humans to NOT truly connect.

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  5. (つ▀_▀)つ True. The evolution of phones evolved our means to connect, but not our disposition for it.

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  6. ziadkaj dice:

    nice and sarcastic poem; I liked it and it talks about the generation and technological gap in a velvet and soft style

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    1. ヽ(•‿•)ノ Thank you, Ziad. Very much appreciated 🙂

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  7. ziadkaj dice:

    regards from Beirut, Bogdan……gd luck

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  8. Terveen Gill dice:

    Made me laugh!
    The daughter’s reaction and no word from the publisher.
    Too painful to cry about.
    Awesome writing. 🙂

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    1. Thank you 🙂

      One day I’ll get that word from some publisher. One day… (´◡`)

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      1. Terveen Gill dice:

        It will happen. For sure. 🙂

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  9. This is one of the best poems I have ever read. I mean it.

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    1. Many thanks for checking it out, Bob! ٩( ^ᴗ^ )۶

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      1. You’re welcome. So relatable!

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    1. Thanks, Andrew (ツ)

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