A few weeks ago at Poetry Unplugged I promised to write a poem about smartphones but never got around writing one. Luckily, this week my poetry tutor assigned an exercise to write a poem inspired by Walt Whitman’s When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, and to write about something that makes me feel the way science did for the speaker in Whitman’s poem. So here you go:
WHEN EVERYONE AROUND ME BOUGHT AN iPAD
When everyone around me bought an iPad and the iPhone 5
When they texted in stead of talking face to face and tweeted pictures of their plates at the dinner table
When they told me how lovely it was to carry social media in their pockets
When poets did their readings off phone screens and said they no longer used pen and paper
How soon I became disgusted of all this
Till rising and gliding out I wandered off by myself
Found a manual typewriter in an antique market
And logged off Facebook, permanently.
If you recognised yourself and were offended, you’re welcome.
I hate technology.