In A Hurry

one check of the window

can confirm the state of

all these humans today

running about wildly

like helpless poultry with

heads tragically removed

.

flashing gadgets demand

all of their attention

as they walk blindly to

fro and into one another

.

consumerism their

new, devoted love

time is never cherished

it’s now the enemy

.

the world is in a big

damned frenzy of a hurry

if only they would stop

to see their fellow man

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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on March 23, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 56 Comments.

  1. Bravo! Loved it.

  2. After 18 years in the retail business, I see all too clearly just how low consumerism and the almighty dollar have brought us. Christmas decorations in September was as close to the final nail as it gets. We’ve surrendered completely. Thanks for pointing out what’s truly important.

    • Thanks, Eric! The insatiable appetite that exists for goods and electronic gadgets has taken a part of our humanity especially the ability to communicate one-on-one. Those decorations appear earlier and earlier every year in one garden center after another. No need to look for a garden hose in September, the garland has taken its place. It’s great to meet you!

  3. And yet at the end you have links to your Facebook and Twitter. ..oh the irony.

  4. So true. We’re too busy staying connected but missing out on the real connection.
    Great poem!

  5. A beautifully expressed sad fact…

  6. Thank you, Mercy! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  7. Sign of the times, isn’t it? Wherever in the world you’re in! A nice piece, I enjoyed it!

  8. From my iPhone: very cool! 🙂

  9. First things first (but not necessarily in that order) I like the new look to your blog! I really like the concept of this poem…as GK Chesterton once notice that for a society that invents so many time saving devices it seems to always be short of time (paraphrasing here!)…also this urge of me me me I want I want I want is slowing drawing us and obfuscating those things that are truly important.

    Well done! 🙂

    • Thank you! I’ve toyed with the idea of a new theme and finally decided it was time. I agree that we invent, invent, invent trying to save time only to be short on time as a result. Too many irons in the fire, too many responsibilities, too many places to be at once. Less tech and more human contact would be a great cure for society.

  10. This perfectly encapsulates how mankind is slowly but surely being devoured by devices of its own making. Love it 🙂

  11. Couldn’t agree more. Kudos! 🙂

  12. Lost my whole morning like this!

  13. so true, lovely expression.

  14. Absolutely true, we all need to calm down!! Relate to this a lot – well said! 🙂

  15. Good post. Gadgets gets things done faster, but dor some, not fasr enough. At the beginning of the work day, they can’t wait till the end. Mondays they’re rushing toFriday. The first day of winter, their anxious for spring. Put gadgets down, or slow down and use them for pictures of God’s beauty, not just techie stuff.

  16. I admit to be as guilty as anyone wishing for spring or fall to come and therefore wishing my life away. Not good for any of us to do. I do agree we need to step away from our gadgets and just talk to one another.

  17. marshillmythos

    Thank you for sharing your poems. I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

  18. ghostwriter999

    This is so true… What a talented way to express this!

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