Screens

I wrote this poem to complete the sixth assignment for the “Intro to Poetry” course offered by WordPress. The assignment was to write about screens — any kind. I thought about our modern society and its dependence of screens of all kinds. I decided to challenge myself by writing this as an enjambment — a term for “stretching a sentence across multiple lines of verse, which can produce a powerful effect.”


so many
screens
lifeless machines
glowing at night
or broad
daylight

screens that are
small
they do appall
those that are
large
aren’t they a charge

our minds they
shred
we’re living dead
what we’ve become
our bodies
numb

how many
veils
and tearful trails
must we
abide?

what will betide?

2 comments

  1. Didn’t know “betide” was a word. It made me conjure up my desktop at work, my laptop at home, and my iPhone 8 and how a “screen” governs my life and at times, controls my feelings.

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