Sign of the Times

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

A poem about changes for the worse.


Sign of the Times

They have taken away our letterbox,
those ludicrously laughing workers of
progress
. Oblivious of any wrongdoing,
they severed our connection to the old
world, and put it on a lorry bound for
the conveyor belt of destruction called
convenience.


I guess complaints can only be e-mailed
to the authorities in charge of economic
development. who look ahead to an
alluringly shiny future, without a sense
of past accomplishment and stability.



Submitted: November 08, 2019

© Copyright 2020 Bert Broomberg. All rights reserved.

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AdamCarlton

Meanwhile, enjoy the feel of coins and banknotes while you can!

Fri, November 8th, 2019 4:25pm

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I will. Thanks for your comment.

Sat, November 9th, 2019 5:00am

Mike S.

They'll brook no descent, Bert, excellent!

Fri, November 8th, 2019 6:34pm

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Thanks Mike.

Sat, November 9th, 2019 5:00am

Sue Harris

sGreat piece, Bert. Hand writing will soon be a thing of the past too.

Fri, November 8th, 2019 7:24pm

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Yes, although I'm surprised by the recurring populatity of the typewriter. I've seen a lot of Youtube films of young people enjoying them. Thanks for the comment Sue.

Sat, November 9th, 2019 5:02am

hullabaloo22

Isn't this just the truth. An excellent piece, Bert.

Fri, November 8th, 2019 9:29pm

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Thanks again. I guess part of the familiar world is slowly crumbling.

Sat, November 9th, 2019 5:04am

tom mcmullen

Excellent piece Bert, the real world is been replaced by a fake world, people are chained to technology and think they're free, Sweden has replaced cash and many people now have micro-chips, soon this will be global, good luck!

Tue, November 12th, 2019 7:56am

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Thanks Tom. I'm afraid you are right about that.

Tue, December 3rd, 2019 6:03am

pfb

Very true and a great piece of work. Look forward to reading a few more.

Sat, February 8th, 2020 9:12pm

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Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you liked this poem. I hope you will enjoy the other ones.

Sun, February 9th, 2020 6:14am

Ava Rose Weisberg

This is so beautiful! I haven't gotten letters in the mail in such a long time, only junk mail now, what a shame. Also, I cannot help but notice that you don't have covers made for any of your poems. I understand that if this is a stylistic choice, then it is one thing, but if you are every interested in making covers, I recommend Canva which is a free online cover-making site that I find very useful.

Sat, February 8th, 2020 11:41pm

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Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you liked the poem. Thanks for pointing out the Canva site, but I use the cover option as my logo, so people can immediately see it is my work.

Sun, February 9th, 2020 6:18am

Nancy Lou Henderson

Progress is not always good. Communication through text is confusing without the feeling in handwriting or calls. I cannot help but think that technology is eroding some of our feeling.

Sun, February 23rd, 2020 10:43pm

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Thanks for your feedback. You are absolutely right about that. It may sound strange, but what I miss since old-fashioned letter writing vanished, is the actual process of the writing itself, the sitting down with pen and paper. I used to write to our relatives in the U.S. by means of special airmail letters. They were the blue envelopes that were folded in a special way to become the letter itself. They physically limited the number of words you could use, and you had to be really clear about what you wanted to write. I miss them.

Wed, February 26th, 2020 12:08am

Rick Starbridge

I think about our biosphere when I read this.

Tue, April 28th, 2020 11:04pm

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Thanks for you comment and for giving this poem a read. It was not really meant to be a poem about our biosphere, but I can see why you could read it like that. It's an interesting approach. I am glad the poem can work on different levels.

Mon, May 11th, 2020 1:48am

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