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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Digital Detox (04/24/14)

TITLE: Livin' In Recovery
By Donna Tijou
04/30/14


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The first of the century,
the last of the year,
I sent my love a letter
while I shed a little tear.

I donít have an ipad,
thoí I think theyíre very fine.
But would you spare me a minute?
Could you lend a little time?

I listened quite intently,
my ear near the ground,
yet heard not a thing,
no, nary, not a sound.

I was very saddened
with the absence of reply.
I cried another tear,
and told a little lie.

I said:

I can do this thing,
liviní in a digit-free zone.
I can get by quite nicely
without my cell phone.

The old rotary
attached to the wall
is all I'll need
when I want to make a call.

I can pay bills by check;
I can write with pen and ink.
Donít need my computer,
just need time to think.

I can snap pics with camera
by pressiní on the shutter,
and develop in a darkroom
just as smooth as spreadiní butter.

I can spin vinyl records
and my old forty-fives,
on a phonograph and turntable,
playing music that revives.

With cover front and back,
I can read a printed book.
Donít need to use a scroll
nor a Kindle or a Nook

Emails, texts or tweets,
this gal doesnít need.
Donít care how notes are sent,
or with what rate of speed.

I can mail letters in a box
with envelope and stamp,
just like kids writing home
from their summer camp.

I can look in a dictionary
and research an old tome.
sitting in a library
in a dark and dusty room.

I can record on tape
and play it reel to reel,
even watch analog TV,
while I eat my evening meal.

I can live the way
people used to do.
Thatís what I tell myself
when Iím feeling blue.

This digital detox
is more than I can take.
I just pretend to like it
as happiness I fake

It seems that in recovery,
where nothinís a click away,
and liviní in rehab,
is where I need to stay.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 05/02/14
Some vivid memories of the
yesteryear in this clever entry. Well done, and truly on topic. Clever approach!

God bless~
Toni Babcock 05/04/14
I loved re-living the way it used to be before technology took over our lives with its seductions and accompanying balls and chains. You are a wonderful lyrical poet - I hope you continue on this poetic journey and produce more thought provoking rhymes. I see poems that are lyrical but do not rhyme in your future as well, as lyrical writing and prose is often born after it's kindred rhymes.
Lollie Hofer 05/04/14
Fun read! Good take on this week's topic.
Larry Whittington05/04/14
I really like what you did with this topic.

This poem will "live".

You really put your best thought and work in this form. As I said above, I like what you did with the topic.