The thermometer outside would tell
The temperature, heaven or hell.
The paper brought news.
The neighbors shared views,
But now I just look at my cell.
The mobile that I use instead
Of books that I often had read
Has also replaced,
Has simply erased
The facts that I had in my head.
My computer I never go near–
I’ve not seen my desk for a year.
The next phone that I buy
I’m afraid it will try
To make even my spouse disappear!
- Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, Sept. 13, 2015