an empty chair across the table cracked open diagonal
cinnamon dusted chai: milk-foam design, lipstick stained rim
the door opens, beeps, opens, beeps, a phone rings at 9am
orders given, orders taken — a menu of today’s specials in chalk
four out of five humans have left the present for pixels
while they wait in line, alerts bait eyes down
chronic fight or flight
cashier speaks in a jolt to the system of the tech-tamed ones
how to form words again, how to interact again
pay attention to me
say the things in our hands
must reply immediately
must respond now
where’s the fire?
art of conversation l o s t
art hangs on walls now
but we never see it
beautiful souls pass each other like views out the window
but we never look up
connectivity that disconnects connectivity
when it’s off, who’s around? when it’s off, it’s never off.
a speaker pumps in the corner, the songs the soundtrack
to an empty life
~ Emily C.