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We’re All So Obsessed

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By Oneg In The ArcticPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
We’re All So Obsessed
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We’re obsessed with numbers

Every calorie and minute that inch by

Any time ever left

Every dime always spent

On any fool nearby


We’re obsessed with digits

The bright red always a wake up call

Always reminding us that we’re late

A pre-eviction notice for life

Why is nothing ever paid in time


We’re obsessed with these codes

Passwords that we always forget

Trying to scrap and save

Whatever is left of all this change

When did everything becomes such a transaction


We’re obsessed with these damn symbols

Telling us how well we play our lives

Double press X long hold O

Trying to get the high score of life

But you forgot to turn on the system


We’re so obsessed with the game

We forgot to look around, see

The power is out, the bank is empty

The fridge is bare, and the scale needs a new battery

We forgot to look around and see


We closed our eyes to humanity

Become a bunch of zeros in a discarded cheque book

Void of any emotion

Filled with debt

To the joy we used to feel back in sandboxes and swimming pools

Back to when there were so many water drops, that we couldn’t even count

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Oneg In The Arctic

A storyteller and poet of arctic adventures, good food, identity, mental health, and more.

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  • Burn Bookabout a month ago

    This was a journey. There were juts too many quotable lines, but ONE of my favorites has to be this one: ''We’re obsessed with these damn symbols Telling us how well we play our lives...'' Gorgeous writing ⭐

  • Lisa A Lachapelleabout a month ago


  • Tiffany Gordon 2 months ago

    Brilliant! Go Oneg! 👏🏾👏🏾

  • Danielle Deutsch2 months ago

    Great work!! Can I ask what kind of poem is it or no type?

  • Amazing commentary on modern life in poem form! Congratulations on Top Story!!!

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    Excellent! Void of any emotion Filled with debt... fantastic words.

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Well done, congratulations

  • Linda Marry2 months ago

    It was really nice read :)

  • Allie Bickerton2 months ago

    Wow! “Void of emotion, filled with debt” - so clever! I love the last two lines as well. Congrats on top story!!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Congrats on the well deserved Top Story

  • C. H. Richard2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Jordan Harris2 months ago

    I liked it

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Whoaaa, this hit me hard. The bitter truth. We just chase around too many insignificant things and forget to stop to enjoy life. Loved your poem so much!

  • Gina C.2 months ago

    I really enjoyed this poem and super loved the ending especially - how you contrasted our obsession with numbers nowadays against the simple joy of watching raindrops in the past (perhaps childhood or perhaps even a simpler time) and not worrying about the quantity, just basking in the joy of it all. Well done, my friend!

  • Daniel Jeyaraman2 months ago

    Life perspective, poetic. 🥰

  • Ashley Lima2 months ago

    Too real. Well done

  • Holly Pheni2 months ago

    Love it, very poignant as I'm sure we all fail to see at times, or get caught up and miss the little things..

  • Moe Radosevich2 months ago

    Very nice, often times we look around but fail to see 😳 nice revelations here

  • C. H. Richard2 months ago

    Love this! Always trying to get ahead but missing our lives. ❤️

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    So very true...'we forgot to look around and see' I feel this so much. Wonderfully worded, well done :)

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Wow. This is amazing. I see a top story. Very well done.

  • A very pertinent observation on our situation

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