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I Can't Help But Wonder

by Wolfe Rygaard 7 days ago in sad poetry
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Lost in the Phone

Although I know it's not true

I can't help but think you care about that phone more than me

Whenever I walk into your room, that phone has all of your attention

If I try to talk to you, your eyes remain glued to the flashing screen

If I don't speak at all, it's as if I don't exist

I can't help but wonder if you'd prefer I never enter your room at all

On the rare occasion that you leave your room, that phone is always between your fingers

Wires hold earbuds in your ear, forcing me to shout for your attention

I can't help but wonder if you prefer I say nothing at all

Car rides together feel so lonely

The things I point out aren't interesting enough to pull you away from the screen

The only time you speak first is when you ask if I can turn the radio down because you can't hear your phone

I can't help but wonder if you'd prefer I never brought you at all

Late at night as I get ready for bed

I try to say goodnight

I feel like I'm the only one in the room

I'm lucky if you respond with an "ok"

I can't help but wonder if you'd prefer your phone over me

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Wolfe Rygaard

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  • malik zahoor4 days ago

    Amazing words

  • Michael 4 days ago

    That sounds like most of today's kids

  • Anne Emerick5 days ago

    My heart aches for you. I was a parent before cellphones were part of every teens life. My one son only got one because it was so difficult to coordinate getting picked up from activities without one. And he got a flip phone even then, so it did not hold him enthralled. Could your family consider some hours of the day to be phone-free? Have you ever texted your child as you stood next to them to make the point. It does feel difficult and disappointing to be in a relationship with someone so glued to a device.

  • Nicole Carroll6 days ago

    I'm ironically avoiding going home right now because I know that everyone in my house is currently on a screen! I cant say I completely hate technology because I'm here on the laptop now, but I hate video games and social media and mindless scrolling! I hope you find some joy in your situation!

  • Jerreme Wade6 days ago

    So so true! It's a sad world that we live in!

  • Emily Brown6 days ago

    So sad, but so beautiful

  • so sad but beautifully written...

  • Paul Mayfield7 days ago

    Good one

  • Ahnesia Johnson7 days ago

    This was a really good read. Made me think of ways to recreate . Hope you check it out. #ICantHelpButWonder

  • So true. My husband and I have become more intentional about leaving our phones aside when we're eating or with the kids, and only using it for photos vs. the incessant "get stuck cruising down the rabbit hole" browsing. Better for the brain too. Being present is a present for one's self and others.

  • test7 days ago

    I agree

  • C. H. Richard7 days ago

    Well done! ❤️ Hearted and subscribed.

  • Dana Stewart7 days ago

    You nailed it! Good job and congrats on Top Story!

  • Lucinda Gallant7 days ago

    This is so relatable to me, both at home with teenagers and in my professional life as a teacher. Sometimes the feeling is so invalidating. I talk, but no one is listening. Thank you for reminding us that this is everywhere, that we’re not alone

  • Amanda Nicole7 days ago

    I cannot tell you how much I relate to this, I don't like technology. I don't feel listened to when people have their phones around me

  • Angela Shiflett7 days ago

    I agree with you on this. This seems to be the way of the world now. It is going on everywhere. I don't understand how so many become lost in their phones. Who would have thought that this would ever happen? Hopefully, your poem will open people's eyes and they will realize what is truly important in life. Thanks for sharing!

  • Andrew Perkins7 days ago

    I really like this. It’s so relatable and everywhere you look. I can really feel the loneliness coming through.

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