Things have changed in my life-time, for sure,
and there are aspects of that I can’t stand.
Take language, I just can’t keep up anymore,
and some words I don’t want to understand!
I was around when the first VCRs came along,
listened to walk-mans and played Donkey Kong.
You had to be careful making expensive calls
and of computers we hadn’t even heard at all!
I had pen-pals that lived all around the world,
wrote by hand, put on stamps and then wait.
And news didn’t travel very fast at all,
no real-time, always a little bit late.
Still, I compared with those that came before,
with both mother and older still.
And I thought to myself it is good to have more,
to move faster, evolution won’t kill.
Then came computers and changed our lives,
mobile phones, cds, dvds.
Internet and e-mail and a constant strife
to keep up, be online, never free.
So what I miss is waiting for letters to come,
and maybe wait for the phone to ring.
Without outside connection to sit at home,
read a book, relax, not caring
if someone, somewhere takes a picture of their food
or if an updated status may affect your mood.
Obsolete? Perhaps that means people like me,
who are stressed by all the new technology.