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Rip Van Winkle - 21st Century

Updated on March 20, 2013

Get A Grip Rip!

I cannot remember,

When I lost my mind.

I must have gone to sleep,

To wake and clearly find,


People are talking,

Into the air and everywhere.

To people I can’t see,

To people who ain’t there.


It’s occurring without end,

Monotonous incessant talking.

They’re “taking care of business”,

Even as they’re walking.


They’re going on and on,

Endlessly they drone.

They’re talking in a crowd,

They’re talking all alone.


They’re talking into cameras,

To people who are gone.

People are taking pictures,

With a tiny telephone.


Electricity, in my day,

Was awed and had the thunder.

But today’s technical technology,

Really makes one wonder.


A person of the past,

Can be confused about what’s real.

As a driver sees a driver,

Talking to a steering wheel.


While the driver recovers,

And assumes that all is fine,

A shopper speaks to another country,

While standing in a check-out line.


I’ll resign to counting sheep,

And hope that I go back to sleep,

And again I pray my soul,

The blessed lord will keep.


I hope that I may re-awake,

And find this spell is broken,

And I’ll return to days of yore,

When thoughtless words are seldom spoken.



~Micky Dee~




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    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      5 years ago from Great Britain

      You hit the nail on the head here. Made me smile too.

      You have such a great way of wording your poetry. The "guy" who thinks he knows it all and is up to the minute with the latest technology añways sounds like an idiot. You do it so cleverly-

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Micky.

      Technology reigns though it may be frying our brains! :)

    • Rosemay50 profile image

      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great poem and a unique way of expressing how the mobile phone has taken over normal face to face conversations.

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      5 years ago

      Perfect! what a talent...pretty soon you'll be speaking a different language than the rest of us.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile image


      5 years ago

      It is true! Too many people have their phones on all the time. Even when they are being served in a shop, playing with their phones and not looking at the shop assistant. I think it is very rude.

      A good poem and to the point, as usual.

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      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellent! Well written and spot on. Technology, although amazing, also has many, many downsides. Human conversation person-to-person is getting rarer and rarer. Well done. Voted up!


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