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A Day in the Life of a Bag of Potatoes

Courting days are long over now 
men, well, what does define a man?
Certainly, it is not merely physical?
yet one would expect manliness to 
involve some sort of strength?

Does a man let a woman cry?
Does a man make a woman cry?
Honey DO this! Honey move-do that!

The theater is mostly empty now,
no sedans emptying bushel loads of kids,
no popcorn flying through Saturday afternoon’s air.
The kids are reigned in plopped in front of laptops,
too elastically rubber-kneed to walk more than
from the bed to the chair.
I mean the lounge chair, where 
they slouch in perpetuity.
A decade or two of days to reframe 
two generations of  total couch potatoes.
They sit glued to their IPhone, IPods, Kindle’s
not writing, not composing but gaming.
It’s enough to make a mother cry, daily.

Fathers rush down packed highways,
single sardines in smaller and smaller cans,
toward their own desktop comps. 

Carpal tunnel runs rampant over the populous.
Emptying box, after box of environmentally correct
reused paper tissues and green nappies into landfills,
online they bet on the daily double.


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  1. Date: 5/3/2015 9:34:00 PM

    D.G., Congrats on your awesome win. Forever ~SKAT~
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 8:48:00 PM

    Hi Debbie, stopping back to read your poem again and to congratulate you on your fine win! Hugs, Sandra
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 5:47:00 PM

    Enjoyed the humor and clever writing! Thanks for sharing!
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 4:30:00 PM

    Really upbeat! Congrats, Deb...
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 4:15:00 PM

    Congrats on your win, Deb :)
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 3:40:00 PM

    A bag of potatoes with technical savvy... it take small bits and bytes to fill up that bag...Congrats on your win Debbie
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 2:17:00 PM

    True talk,Debbie...Splendid! wonderful piece...Congrats on your well deserved win in this contest...light and love..
  1. Date: 5/2/2015 8:51:00 AM

    I was imagining regular potatoes! This was much better.
  1. Date: 5/1/2015 11:36:00 PM

    They say technology brings us closer together, but we are actually getting further away from living. It's sad!... You've penned a very real and eye opening poem. Great work, Debbie!
  1. Date: 5/1/2015 9:00:00 PM

    A sad picture really, Deb. Well, the parents still call the shots. From where I am, most parents impose the 10pm cut-off time for wifi especially during schooldays. And, for every hour of gaming time, there is equivalent of study time, excluding time alloted for homework. There are grumblings, but it works. lol! I like your piece. 7.
  1. Date: 5/1/2015 8:15:00 AM

    Bingo! You've said it all in this poem.tth
  1. Date: 4/30/2015 2:09:00 PM

    The world certainly has changed. Thanks for a enjoyable read :)
  1. Date: 4/30/2015 1:26:00 PM

    Hi Debbie: Satirical but true and well articulated in the new millennium. No one uses the art of conversation anymore.
  1. Date: 4/29/2015 9:19:00 PM

    Wow, Debbie, you certainly captured this day and age of our youth and young adults so well. One wonders what will be the impact over time. So little face-to-face interaction anymore, kids don't go outside to play. So sad. Different world. Your words powerfully present the sad truth. Hugs, Sandra