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When Were You Last Seen?

When Were You Last Seen?

A Poem by Kuldeep desai

The cool breeze is air-conditioned, high-speed data that is un-limited.
Neighbors always see your locked door, where a party to which you are Un-invited.⁣⁣⁣
The barber in your area has a story to tell, every store will be known as you roam. ⁣⁣⁣
But you googled a five rated salon, you got the groceries delivered home.⁣⁣⁣
Can see you online, it seems you have time, eyes on the screen.⁣⁣⁣
But when were you last seen? ⁣⁣⁣
Your friend is the new to the city, he is the lost in the crowd. ⁣⁣⁣
You sure won't pick up his call, and today's one person to let you know tomorrow's gonna be a herd. ⁣⁣⁣
When things are easy just a click through, why even blend? ⁣⁣⁣
He types the message and deletes it instead of send, realizes a click can't give a friend. ⁣⁣⁣
Can see you online, it seems you have time, eyes on the screen.⁣⁣⁣
But when were you last seen? ⁣⁣⁣
Status says last seen ten minutes ago, ⁣⁣⁣
When I last saw you there was school uniform on you, a lifetime ago.⁣⁣⁣
We used to laugh until we fell on the floor, now its just typing LOL. ⁣⁣⁣
Gained someone, lost loved ones. All these years our lives were parallel. ⁣⁣⁣
Don't you think when we meet next time we'll have a whole day to converse?
And there you are with comfy pillows, cozy bed sheets, four walls inside your universe.⁣⁣⁣
Can see you online, it seems you have time, eyes on the screen.⁣⁣⁣
But when were you last seen? ⁣⁣⁣

© 2021 Kuldeep desai

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Even tho your poem seems to have small touches of references to being locked down, to me this feels like it could apply to ANY time in the last decades since people started living in their phones. I am almost 64 & I've never had a cell phone becuz I don't want it to rule my life. Your poem reminds me of the very reason I don't want to become too attached to the Internet or other ether outlets. As a person who grew up meeting all my new friends, face-to-face, I am sorry to see how things have changed & we often know & love people for YEARS without ever meeting them. Well, your poem brings many things to mind & that's what good strong writing does. I love your title line & how you used it in a repeat. This could apply to many things, not just being online (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Years Ago

This lockdown came with consequences in every aspect of our lives. Even if we're far from each other, we still have a chance to connect through technology. Hopefully after this is over, we will appreciate more the value of a moment spent face-to-face. Great poem!

Posted 3 Years Ago

Kuldeep desai

3 Years Ago

Thank you very much.... I hope outside world will offer us clear air to breathe soon.... Stay Safe.... read more
and this is what it has become - virus or no virus - this is why I am so happy my profession is hospitality - I see people, i meet people I feel people. Very good thoughts here, it is becoming easier and easier for people to hide - but why would we do that when there is a whole world out there and that world is filled with brilliant people everywhere :)

Posted 3 Years Ago

Kuldeep desai

3 Years Ago

So glad to read your views..... You are in a noble profession.... More power to you...Stay Safe... I.. read more
but it wont last forever,great lay out

Posted 3 Years Ago

Life under lockdown when the mind wanders to other times while the fingers tap on the keyboard. We are living in a socially distant world at the moment brought together by technology. I am thankful for that at least. I enjoyed your lines. Keep safe.


Posted 3 Years Ago

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Added on May 3, 2020
Last Updated on September 29, 2021
Tags: inside, out, poem, feel, good, literary, love, laugh, happy, quarantine, lockdown


Kuldeep desai
Kuldeep desai

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