Once Upon Time – Technology and Plato’s Allegory

Technology, contemplating Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’…


Technology-In Contemplation of an Allegory


we met per chance, in the open breeze
trailing winds of destiny
pupil to pupil…
we exchanged smiles
shared, a warm cup of tea

our hearts, hand-writ letters sent
stamped and received
anticipation, traveling distances
miles and over seas

waved its innovative hand
while we marveled at technology
perpetual efficiencies, building
clever facades of ideal angles
cropped and warmed
our virtual walls, daily adorned

But are we not held hostage
shackled by these magic mirrors
casting shadows of ourselves
as we would have them appear?

Where is your phone?

The comfort we’ve all come to know-
cyber caves, chattering with bytes
across the waves
phantom vibrations
instantaneous relations, hand-held

Will we remember, when it’s time
to turn away?

Will we look back
into the natural light of the sun
shining upon water’s true reflection…
or will the brightness of reality burn
blur our unaccustomed eyes
while flocks of drones fill up our sky?

I imagine Plato, turning
to wink with a wise foretelling sigh…

Once, upon time
we looked into each other’s eyes.

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Melissa Hougard

I have always enjoyed writing as a creative and healing outlet. Although I am not a formally trained poet, I have found a natural inclination to explore its remarkable power and beauty. I gravitate towards rhyming verse, free of any constraints, and strive to create an experience through sound, flow, and imagery. I am a writer at Allpoetry.com. and a proud Mother of two beautiful boys. Thank you for visiting.

6 thoughts on “Once Upon Time – Technology and Plato’s Allegory

    • April 26, 2017 at 10:37 AM

      Thank you so much Phyllis, glad you enjoyed it.


  • April 25, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    A poignant verse oh so true, we in our cyber caves. Will we ever reconnect to the real world? Beautifully rendered Mel

    • April 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM

      I think it would take something bigger than I would want to imagine, to see a turning back. Hopefully we can find a balance. Thanks for your comment.


  • April 26, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Its so sad how much the value of a handwritten letter has depreciated, and everything nowadays is so impersonal. Funny how behind that screen with that keyboard, everyone is so tough, but face to face the image is totally different. I love technology now but wouldn’t mind pieces of yesteryear like face to face conversation. Well done Mel~Paul

    • April 26, 2017 at 8:24 PM

      Thank you Paul, yes, I enjoy letters through the post. Those things we took for granted…so many wonderful things about technology, and equally so many concerns. Appreciate your thoughtful comment.



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