Shrink Wrapped

News on reels, envelopes sealed with spit
new was last month or a week gone by.
Today it interrupts my present,
becomes a never ending loop.

Sunday drives with i spy and the license game
morphed into get-me-there robots.
Talking heads decapitated
into monotone maps.

Family restaurants turned mausoleums.
Mommy, daddy, Ashley and Drake
eyes down and mouths shut.
Thumbs talk…with imaginary friends.

Paris in Paducah and Chicago too,
a world of twitter and bird shit.
Color me shrink wrapped
and struggling to breathe.


In response to dVerse Poets Pub, December 17 prompt. Write about the times we have lived in – describe the life of the decades you have gone through. Free-write whatever comes to mind and then create your poem around those ideas. Cut it down but keep that raw feeling from your initial free-write.

14 thoughts on “Shrink Wrapped

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) December 19, 2015 / 9:30 am

    The world can sometimes seem to shrink upon us… Aleppo in our living room. I wonder if it’s better to just cut the cord sometimes…

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    • lillian December 20, 2015 / 10:10 am

      …yep…always good to have an unplugged day or two!


  2. Misky December 19, 2015 / 10:34 am

    Twitter and bird shit — cracked me up. 🙂 >

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  3. Grace December 19, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    That bird shit made me smile ~ But how about having some good real face to face conversations ~ I make sure when we have our family time that phones and stuff on the never ending loop- are off ~

    Enjoyed this one Lillian and thanks for joining us ~

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    • lillian December 19, 2015 / 2:38 pm

      Face to face in real life; letters that take time to write; dinners at round tables exchanging views; and listening to care rather than pipe in….all, in my mind, so important.


  4. kanzensakura December 19, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Shrink wrapped – it does seem as if many times we are all jumbled together in one package. I rarely look at facebook and never do twitter. Bird shit indeed – family times are phone off times – never at meals, etc. TV is off as well – no Aleppo invading our space. I am always pleased when the world is kept outside and I am not feeling claustrophobic from being in that shrink wrapped space. Good observation about these times – eyes down and thumbs conversing with imaginary friends.

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    • lillian December 20, 2015 / 10:07 am

      Thanks for the attentive read….and so glad you liked it!


  5. katiemiafrederick December 21, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    i have to say..
    the alternative
    to social
    be TV..
    at all might
    be better
    than just
    just watching
    and never going
    out of the home at all..
    even online.. ugh.. and
    yes.. as a disabled shut-in
    for 66 months
    online is an
    to those
    who would
    be all alone
    except for a
    TV that never
    hears any
    sign language
    at all.. but yes..
    flesh and blood is best
    and a dance connects best
    with even the foggiest
    of eyes
    in screens
    below.. yeah
    look up.. that crazy
    Metro Dancing Dude
    is at it again.. but the
    point is.. yes.. they look up..
    dance.. the nuclear modern
    option against
    a trick and
    treat for people
    heads who lose
    soul and heart
    spirit dead
    as alive ugh
    lost in
    a scariest
    Twilight Zone
    movie ever
    then.. real
    a cage
    of human
    being 4 to
    5 inches
    reality now.. more
    scary than the
    of course..
    for most.. NOW..
    guinea pigs
    in a
    where they are
    both scientist
    and guinea

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    • lillian December 22, 2015 / 8:37 am

      Most definitely the media holds a dear place for those who not leave their homes or nursing homes or hospital beds. It can be their connection to the world, their family and friends. It does have its benefits.

      My fear is for those who are out and about, younger folks who rely on technology so much that the aspect of human interaction is lessened and the skills of negotiation and sharing and developing friends, rests with their thumbs and a screen.

      Thank you for your careful read, and pointing out the other side.

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