Day Thirty: ‘Airplane Mode (Villanelle)’

April 30, 2017

Miles of fiberoptic cable, and yet:
Connectivity breeds solitude.
Can you write a poem without the internet?

Wedding hashtags, shared photos, themed typeset
reveal alternate histories once viewed.
Miles of fiberoptic cable, and yet

the mobile uploads populate a threat
to what you’ve told yourself is safe, subdued.
Can you write a poem without the internet?

The moment first, then writing. Emotions set
loose chaos in pursuit of truth accrued.
Miles of fiberoptic cable, and yet

why not keep the phone locked? Why get upset?
(Because we’ve knighted data convenience food.)
Can you write a poem without the internet?

The wedding patrons ladle vinaigrette
as servers dress white plates with barbecue.
Miles of fiberoptic cable, and yet:
Can you write a poem without the internet?

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