i was startled awoken by a strange ding,
eyes wide open, head half asleep
what was that?
The sound hangs in the air like a giant spider,
pulsating in the dark
Stars of e-devices watch in silence
Close eyes to get back to the lost sleep,
curiosity squirming about the ding
as if an echo from a bad day
Low hum of the neighbor’s garage door opening
followed by the sound of car drives away,
the barking dog, beeping trash-pickup truck
Wide awake, open the Inbox to find a love letter
from a young man, politely asking my age
Re: Old enough to be your mother
Another ding from the iPhone!
The message reads: “…there’s nothing like finding
perfect app or game.”
Some message at 5:30 a.m.
The dawn meets the morning light
as the Earth sighs, rotating, apprehensive
for the unpredictable human affairs, yet aspirant
So the day starts, a bit different from yesterday,
wintry scent in the air, calm and hopeful.
(by Byung A. Fallgren)