Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

I told him I’d rather read the news than stream an endless video.
I’d rather see it in person than have technology in the way.
He said, “Oh, that’s so 20th century.” I laughed at his truth.
Things are changing so rapidly. There are no more telephone booths.
Once private conversations are now grocery store ambiance.
You can remain friends far beyond the limits of time and space.
Everyone has their own audience, but you can’t tell who is listening.
A person’s life has become our entertainment these days.
There’s something to be said for being old fashioned.
For remaining in the real world and not trapped by your phone.
Sometimes too much information can make your head spin.
You might find yourself worried and ignore what’s in front of you again.
So I’ll stick to my dusty scraps of paper,
because sometimes, old fashioned is far easier.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.