Nighttime Chimes

My tablet dings when it brings

news of things

news of a world of human beings:

 

12 dead — shot in a preschool

A car bomb kills seven in Pakistan 

A woman’s been abducted in Austin

 

My grandma—she’s all about that ‘Puter—and now,

at 86, the filters are off and forwards come flying

 

Hillary Clinton – Exposed!

Obama’s Real Birth Certificate

Seven Pictures of Adorable Baby Animals

 

Meanwhile, the apps I’ve forgotten about

beg me to come back

 

General, your army needs you—free coins available now!

Your house value has increased!  Login to see how much you’re worth.

You have a new LinkedIn connection—check out Heather’s profile!

 

So much stuff under glass

happening in a flash—a whir—a millisecond

Meanwhile I lie still waiting for the next faithful chime

 

Then…

 

Then the night is done—I missed my REM

I forgot to dream

A world of chemicals and emotions and distant memories

This world without glass—it will never be

 

If only I’d been reminded—

if only there’d been a notification

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