So innocent when blank, flat, closed
on laps, wrists, eyes, desks
Flick the button. Once lit, they can captivate
frustrate, mesmerize, create,
we lose ourselves, lose hours, lose days
find our family, explore our world
steal identity, steal time, steal someone else’s love,
color, black and white, sepia
sound, silence, song, bark, mewl
Game, work, procrastinate, sing, cry, scream, whimper, gossip,
welcome strangers no longer unknown,
Reserve a dinner, an airplane, a tiny room off an alley,
Buy a house, a penny, a screw of many types,
Voyeur, designer, writer, athlete, chef, preacher, gambler, adulterer, killer.
Explore without moving but our eyes and fingers
Go deeper, to obsidian spaces,
Or become angel, whiteness.
Experience is limitless. Or limiting, until we return the screens to empty.
Drain the battery. Unplug. Just close it.
Which is more real life?