Modern Mania

by thom amundsen

We are in a free state

our words are rampant,

abundant, thrown with fury

as our fingertips express

what our eyes might easily hide.


We have liberties

our lives are fluid,

we stroll by one another

on city streets, in corridors,

alone upon intersections

without connection,

islands traveling in unison.


We are a smart folk

adapting to the machine-

mania of new-world communication;

texting our ideals,

snap chatting our privacy

allowing our massive peer group

to react accordingly hiding the visual.


We are alone now

gleaning our devices,

a blue-tooth discovery

working its blatant magic

in separation, in desperation,

a distant eye on body language

cannot suffice the human condition.


We need to breathe with eyes in elegance,

share the touch, share the beauty, share the love.


7 Comments to “Modern Mania”

  1. Thom, terrific last lines to a very good poem speaking to ‘the elephant in the living room’ of modern life . . . Great job!

  2. Thom, I agree we need to appreciate our freedom while we have it and fight to ensure we retain it as well as fighting for the oppressed.

  3. An eloquent delivery of veracity; nice structure too.

    • thank you 🙂 the structure just kind of happened by accident – it was all ‘left justified’ and then when I centered it voila!

      • I’ve heard that poetry is ‘difficult’ to read centered. I don’t find that the case. In your form, it is almost organic. Sometimes in poetry, the power is more sublime than just the words on the page.

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