Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Technophile By Marc Darnell

I proposed to my cell phone
on one of our romantic nights.
I guess I just don't want to be alone

forever, with a life all undone
by humans and hideous sights,
so I proposed to my cell phone,

because I love it to the bone,
though it's just metal, gigabytes
I guess. I just don''t want to be alone

when even TV sets are gone
along with trees and natural light.
I proposed to my cell phone,

and it said yes and has grown
more luminous, strangely bright–
I just don't want to be alone;

then my lover was seized by a drone
who wanted her as his own.
I proposed to my cell phone.
I guess I just didn't want to be alone.


Marc Darnell is an online tutor and lead custodian in Omaha NE. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa, and has published poems in The Lyric, Blue Unicorn, Ragazine, The Literary Nest, The Pangolin Review, and elsewhere. His newest book is The Sower from Cyberwit Press. He has forthcoming books from Impspired Books and White Violet Press.