I've been around technology
for thirty years or more.
I loved me my Atari games
and cable channels (four).
I got my first computer
An IBM 286:
my DOS-run PC heaven.
I didn't get a cell phone
and though it weighed 900 pounds,
it suited me just fine.
Back in the last millennium,
technology was fun.
A nice and quick diversion
for when the day was done.
But these days electronics
are more than just a break.
They link us to the outside world
each moment we're awake.
We get our news and share our thoughts
from Main Street to Bombay.
Our memos travel fast as light:
we cannot get away.
So every week or so these days,
I turn off my PC.
No smart phone, tablet, or Ipod:
I make my day tech-free.
Instead, I write in longhand,
and read a paper book.
I take a walk, play with my kids,
clean dirt in every nook.
It's something I look forward to:
my digital time out.
It helps my brain to take a break;
my eyes to not pop out.
I come back feeling more refreshed.
It almost never fails -
despite the fact I may return
to ninety-eight emails.
Don't get me wrong, I've no desire
to toss my screens away.
But tech fasts here, a screen break there,
has kept my hair less gray.
Though desert islands have appeal -
the peace could be perfection -
I doubt I'd last three days or more
with no wi-fi connection!
(this is MOSTLY nonfiction - with a bit of license)
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