ALL THE GAMES

MLB RADIO

(7.21 No.91 — http://www.162BaseballPoems.com)

By Steve Hermanos

Most technology dehumanizes,
Takes us away from other earthlings,
Isolates us in satellite offices,
Or home offices;

We communicate without being anywhere,
Particular;
When I’m driving, talking on my cell phone,
And the other person,
Is driving too,
The lack of stationary center
Of conversation,
Disorients,
Makes me feel weightless;

Yes I have the iPhone,
The beloved MacBook
(no Dick Tracy watch, yet),
I’m firmly part of our 21st century,
It’s billion cameras,
Watching us 8 billion humanoids,
We’ve shrugged off
Our rights
To privacy,
Too entertained
To assert
Much of anything
Beyond food cravings
Shoe cravings
Memorabilia cravings;

At least love,
It seems,
Isn’t getting thoroughly compressed—
Thank God—
When friends are face-to-face,
And leash their gadgets away,
People remain interested in people,
It seems,
And in love;

When videogames transmogrify into sex games—
Look out!—

But now, July 21, 2015, 6:56:55 A.M.
I’ve got my MLB phone app,
Listen to any game,
Across 3000 miles,
Appreciate the great radio announcers
In Cleveland,
Boston,
Detroit,
Seattle,
Pittsburgh;
Bone up on Spanish,
Check the standings,
Every player’s lifetime stats,
All in less time than it takes
For Wade Miley
To prepare a pitch;

And unlike TV,
I can paint the house steps,
Clean my desk
(which forever needs cleaning),
Toss never-again-to-be-read books in a box
To go to the library,
Cook Steve’s Spaghetti Dinner;

Yeah, we’ve set ourselves up,
For a nasty future,
But right now,
We’ve got great tech
Bringing us a menu
Of wonderful games;

And this device in my pocket,
A Fitbit,
Which is displaying
That I’ve only taken 435 steps
Today;
Stand up and get to work,
Robot!

—end of poem

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