My Tech Addiction

My Tech Addiction
My tech addiction

 

My laptop think it rules my life,

The iPad thinks so too,

My smartphone, maybe not so much,

But they command my time, it’s true.

Checking email, paying bills,

Messaging my friends,

Writing stories, essays, poems,

Or just surfing the Net.

Things have changed since I was young.

I spent my time outside,

On combat games, and riding bikes,

Or maybe chasing girls.

Then came work and much less play,

The grind of 9 to 5.

Computers slowly introduced

But their effect was nigh.

But gradually they overthrew

Most aspects of the work,

Becoming indispensable

In my line, office clerk.

Now I’m retired from “normal” work

And choose to write online

The laptop is my tool of choice,

It’s turned on all the time.

The iPad’s used when I’m in bed,

Or if I’m not at home,

And maybe if it needs a charge

I resort to my smartphone.

Unless i’m in the garden,

Or cleaning out the shed

I’m joined to one of the above,

And it’s doing in my head.

I’m going to turn off the power

And shut the f…ing  lid,

Take out a notebook and a pen

And write with that instead.

Oh, how wonderful this feels,

A travel back in time.

My handwriting is terrible!

In that I once took pride.

But, when I finish writing

I have no other option,

To publish what I wrote, online,

I need my tech addiction.

by John Hansen © 2019

 

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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.
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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

6 thoughts on “My Tech Addiction

  • September 22, 2019 at 10:52 PM
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    How true for all of us, John. Isn’t it incredible that we cannot do without all the tech items to keep in touch with everyone and publish our works? Did you know that here in America students are no longer taught cursive writing? It is a shame, but the educational system says we no longer need cursive writing with all the technology we have. Good job on this tech addiction poem.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 10:58 PM
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    Thanks for reading Phyllis. Yes, it is sad that we are tied to these items. I heard it mentioned that they have stopped teaching cursive writing in the USA, and it will only be a matter of time before the same happens here. As I said in my poem I always prided myself on my hand writing, now I only seem to jot down quick notes without much care. I really need to start spending more time practicing my hand writing again.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:06 AM
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    The wonders of tech have open new doors for those with a creative mind – it also has closed just as many doors. Your piece puts all of that in the spotlight John – very well done.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:11 AM
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    Hi Kurt, yes you expressed that well. I guess we have to take the good with the bad or vice versa. Thanks for reading this.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 5:35 PM
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    John, I need my tech addiction too. There is something about writing online that compels me to write more. I have always written in notebooks but once it is finished I am sharing it somewhere online. Fun poem to read I was nodding in agreement the whole time. Jamie

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  • September 28, 2019 at 7:06 PM
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    It looks like we have a lot in common Jamie. No matter how hard we may try to not let technology control our lives it is easier said than done.

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