The word itself
seems to suggest
motion, movement.

But have to wonder
if that’s real or merely

We each sit at this
machine, and with
just a few clicks

can reach out across
the globe and make

But, do we do that?
Too impatient to share
a few words, we’d rather

hit a like button, than
actually think to say
something of meaning.

Yes, the modem allows
us to reach beyond
our own little space

but also, somehow
isolates us.

Elizabeth Crawford  4/24/2018

Notes: Was, at first, confused about the word modem, but I just finished reading a Dean Koontz novel “Midnight”, in which a medical procedure left people with one of two choices. To regress to some state of animal existence, without thought, only hunger and sex, or to reach in and become one with their computers. Either way, becoming far less than human. The book made me uncomfortable for so many reasons.

Image is a line weave doodle, that simply started as a group of entwined empty circles. It often reminds me of another word: humanity.

Poem is posted at Waiting On Words 24: word for today is Modem

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5 Responses to Modem

  1. annell4 says:

    I checked on the 23rd and you said it was my word, but the word I sent to you was “modern.” The modem is a mystery to me, as is the computer. I use them, but am still a techno-peasant. You will see, I basically wrote to my word, “modern.” I think in the instant when I chose it, I was thinking of something else…and really had nothing to say about “modem.”

    Now that was strange.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ihatepoetry says:

    Wonderful – I loved how you ended this.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 1sojournal says:

    Really sorry, Annell. It’s heading toward the finish line and I screwed up and misread your message. I too, thought the word was a bit out there, but as I said, I’d just read the book and those images were fresh and I thought I could convey some of those mixed feelings I was experiencing. Anyway, I’ve said all along that we could go wherever we choose on any given day. Guess we both did that. And sorry, again,



  4. Marianne says:

    Nice write for a tricky word. I think I’m currently being held captive by my modem and all it entails! 😉


  5. Sherry Marr says:

    That is so true, hitting “like” instead of exchanging words…….


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