Oh, what would you know?
You, with your quick replies
And patience wearing like thin ice;
How long have you waited for the one you love?
A couple of minutes? A few hours?
And should there be the slightest delay,
Would you not have plunged to the worst?
It’s laughable how you panic now,
Letting your mind run amok,
Spinning webs from your worst fears
That you let yourself walk into–
So, let me paint you this picture
From days that now seem lifetimes ago.
Words would be crammed into pages,
Hands full of warmth scribbling them down,
Sealing envelopes shut for the road ahead;
What would you know of the joy?
You, with your instant messages could never!
After all, there was beauty in the wait,
No love lost, eyes peeled to read
The same words over and over,
Letters saved with pressed flowers
In cases and between yellowing pages–
What would you know of them?
You have forgotten.
There’s a good chance you never knew, though.
Still somehow cumbersome it’d be
To fit all the matters of the heart
Into a mere handful–
Yes, you could say it was much like
The haikus that we now write;
So much we’d have to say
And yet, they’d be watered down to a few.
Believe me, if you had lived through that,
Your jaws would drop so too.
There was beauty in simplicity,
Though we were far apart,
Loved ones we kept close to our hearts,
We’d cherish what we had.
But now that the world is smaller
And practically in our hands,
Hearts have never seemed farther away.
But what would you know,
For you so rely
On what you can see but not understand?
You say you want a conversation,
But run from the very voices you want to hear–
What would you know of a time
When voices were what we craved?
Yet now that you can reach out,
You choose to push everyone away.
I guess you’ll never know what it’s like
To hold onto hope for another day.
~© Shubhangi Srinivasan.
Today’s original prompt via napowrimo.net was to write about forgotten technology. But I played around the prompt a little for a much better perspective on the topic because the idea came to me much more naturally. Hope you enjoyed reading it! Xx