Thursday, June 11, 2015

Leave Your iPhone Alone

Summer's here, you're finally free now,
To have some time of your own,
It's gorgeous and sunny and warm out,
Still you won't leave your iPhone alone.

Birds sing, flowers bloom, oak trees swaying,
The dog's in the yard chewing bones,
She'd like to go walking with you, love,
If you'd just leave your iPhone alone.

It sure looks magical out there,
Like there's unicorns in the ozone,
Or maybe some fairies and wood nymphs,
But you won't leave your iPhone alone.

Your room, dear, is utterly filthy,
Your chores are completely undone,
The laundry piled high in the corner,
'Cause you won't leave your iPhone alone.

Grandma would love to hear from you,
You could dial her with the house phone,
That way you could talk and scroll Twitter,
Since you can't leave your iPhone alone.

Finally, you rise from the sofa,
Hallelujah! You shower and go,
To the car for a night with your girlfriends,
Honey, please - leave your iPhone alone.

You pick up the crew and head downtown,
But end up sitting still as stones,
All of you hunched over wee little screens,
You guys can't leave your iPhones alone.

They're like crack, I know it, I feel ya,
I have a smartphone of my own,
But you are becoming an addict,
You just won't leave the iPhone alone.

And that is why I get so crabby,
I grumble. I complain. I groan,
You're letting an amazing life pass you by,
For God's sake - leave your iPhone alone!


  1. Dawn, I will leave a comment right after I check Facebook

  2. I don't have a smart phone....just a cheapo from Walmart with the straight talk plan.

    1. And you're probably the better for it, JoJo! I bet your room is clean and your laundry's done and your dog is walked.

  3. Yes. This should be broadcast to the cyber world, via twitter, fb, and all those iphone little program pop-ups or whatever. I'm like JoJo. I don't even have a smart-phone.
    Well done and so relevant!

    Hope you're well, Dawn.

  4. What blows my mind is these kids are on their iPhones when they're in class and, apparently, the teachers aren't allowed to take them away. Last Christmas at a family dinner all the kids were on their iPhones and I'm like, "WTF parents?"

    1. I know, Jayne. We have a "no phones at dinner" rule.
      It's not just the kids, either. I've seen adults who are even worse with this.
      But they are a different poem.

  5. I get maybe a call every two weeks, texts, even less often. Connected I am not. The phone is in a drawer. Somewhere. Not even charged. Because I lost the charge cord. I'm addicted to a lot of things, but not to a smart phone.

    1. It's amazing how many comments I get from folks who don't even own smartphones. Probably can get a lot of writing done when you're not staring down at a screen every 10 seconds.

  6. How true it is. And this addiction is not limited to the young. One of my brothers (pushing seventy) cannot turn his phone off. Ever. Sigh.

    1. True, True, EC. I have an iPhone, and I use it for lots of things, including writing. In fact, I write everything on a phone, including this piece.
      But I do try to know when to set it down.

  7. I don't know how I end up here, I was not following a tweet nor a text as I don't own any phone other than a cord one (you know the one you plug in, it's not smart). But I enjoy so much your post, I'll be back later.

    Please at the sound of the beep, leave a message!

    1. Beep!
      Richard. Thank you so much for stopping in to read me. Please come back.

  8. My family is smartphone free. I went a step farther and I don't even have a cellphone.But, my landline is cordless and I can go outside the house with it.

  9. I feel your pain on this one. Too many people have the damn things attached to their life. if they lose it, they just. don't. function. at. all. Life is too be lived.

    1. I know, right? I love my phone, don't get me wrong, but you gotta put that thing down and interact with actual humans sometimes.

  10. Wonderfully said.

    All of the parents lost in their smartphones at kiddo competitions and events saddens me. They are missing so much, and soon it will be too late to replace "real life" as those youngsters move into adulthood.

    1. Right, Slamdunk - it's certainly not just the kids. I get so sad at the ball games when their parents are buried in their phones.

  11. Sounds like I better get a droid

    1. Oh, droids are just as bad. All smartphones are crack.

  12. AMEN! I've found myself checking a text and next thing I know, I'm looking up from my phone in a confused daze wondering where the last 2 hours just went.

  13. Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.