Looking backwards, the prompt for Day 27 of the April Poem a Day challenge

A Cautionary Tale

backwards gawping
rabbit-hole down-falling
everything looks odd

no pocket telephone
for you to text on
no internet to surf
no GPS if you are lost

no blue-tooth
no DVD
no CD
not even a TV

you’d have to use a finger
turn a dial to make a call
or take a pen and sheet of paper
sit down somewhere to write a letter

you might loiter
in bookstores
or libraries
to read

with no subliminal
electronic hum
you’d hear each chunk of dirt
knocked off the tunnel walls
as you were falling
hit the rabbit-hole floor

and you’d be yawping

Marian O’Brien Paul


About marianobrienpaul

Poet, aspiring novelist, teacher, mother, grandmother, world traveler (lived in Turkey 3 years and then taught at Cukurova U there under Fulbright program for one year; lived on northwest coast of Co. Mayo Ireland for half a year), advocate for the mentally ill.
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