Poemdog

Dogs 2018

PROOF OF LIFE
(8/8/18)

living
is simply
not
enough

our lives
must be
posted

published

produced

for all
to see

breathing
within this
miracle
of existence
is no longer
satisfactory

heart beats
alone
quite insufficient

the touch
of a fellow human
an impotent event
unless captured
in a picture

a video

for public
consumption

how can
something
have happened
without a myriad
of virtual
witnesses?

we all feel
as trees
falling alone
in the forest
unless the action
is documented
within the media
of the day

garnering
many views

many likes

we crave
to be noticed

to be
approved

to be
encouraged

to continue
along these paths
quite pedestrian
somehow converted
to noteworthy
by technology

a quarter
century ago
we would've been
content
to tell a friend

now
the world
must know

that we
have not
lived
in vain

but in
vanity