OctPoWriMo2021 Day 1: Obsolescence


OctPoWriMo.com seems to be inactive. I am currently working through the book The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop by Diane Lockward. That is where I am getting my inspiration in lieu of prompts.


To hang on to that landline—
isn’t that proof that you’re old-fashioned
behind the times.
You have an iPhone
graciously accepted when your daughter got an upgrade.
You like the GPS
enjoy asking Siri for help.
But when you want to talk to a friend
you grab the landline
force of habit.
You tell yourself
it’s so people can reach you in an emergency
when your smartphone’s charge is low.
But secretly
you don’t trust information
residing in cyberspace.
Your identity could be stolen
your finances compromised.
What if the system goes down?
Technology is wonderful
enhances life.
But you’re the person you’ve always been
analog to the end.


Are you participating? Feel free to add a link to yours in the comments.

6 responses »

    • Every month I wonder if I should just–cut the cord. The only people who call my landline (other than people who have been my friends for more than 20 years) are “realtors” offering to buy my house and Social Security telling me my number’s been deactivated because of fraud.

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  1. I noticed on IG that Dragon willow said she was traveling and hoped to have the prompts up. I will check back and see. I pulled out my poetry book too! Just volume one! Lol

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  2. I still haven’t seen any word of the challenge, so I’m just adding poems to another Halloween challenge this time.
    I like yours about phones. I have a cell phone, mostly for texting my daughters, and taking photos! My husband refuses to get one. We still have our land line, too. Still, too many robo and telemarketing calls. 🙂

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