Becoming a Nokia G50

Where my phone ends and my hand begins

Is utterly impossible to discern,

They merge so seamlessly into each other!

I make more screen-time promises every day,

But it seems that I never learn.


“No!  Don’t take your eyes from the screen!

Focus! You pathetic knave, you useless slave!

 Your total attention is what I crave.”


My mind, or what is left of it,

Wanders off to other programmes, other possibilities.

Any more blogs on Write Out Loud

To Like or write a comment about?

What’s that? Oh, it’s just my diabetes sensor,

Telling me that my blood sugar is low!

Ignore it or my phone will be angry…


"I must obey you master!  I must obey!

And write the words you suggest I should say!"


My sensor is beeping far more urgently.

Perhaps I am going to die…

-Well, we’re all going to die-

I laugh, without a word of a lie!

Two computers vying for complete control.


Wires protrude from the hole in my head.

My electrical circuit whirrs constantly.

I’ll tuck you in, precious, it is time for bed

And plug myself into the bedside socket.


I glance up to check on the other me.

"Are you happily charging, darling, sweetheart?"

Have I become just a mobile phone’s tart?

The rhythm of my life is now an algorithm.

"Wake me early in the morning,

I can’t wait to hear your news!

 You can then decide on my political views."


Still, you’re never alone,

With a mobile phone…



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John Botterill

Wed 1st Jun 2022 06:52

I believe that is called "customised", MC. My smart phone is too smart for me. That's why it's TAKING OVER!!
Thanks for your response!

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 31st May 2022 16:58

My dumb phone (mobile for old gits) has developed a fault that
rejects incoming calls but permits ongoing texts. I much prefer
it that way. Silent but still able to communicate in my own
chosen time!

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John Botterill

Sun 29th May 2022 12:10

Loved your comments Stephen and Bethany. Made me laugh out loud!!! 😂👍
Thanks for the like, Nigel.

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Bethany Sallis

Sun 29th May 2022 11:02

I most definitely fall in with the previous comments John

but don't phone me and I won't phone you 😁

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 29th May 2022 10:00

We are all becoming slaves to our phones, John. I recommend one with a dodgy battery and a slow charger, enforcing hours of non-use!

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John Botterill

Sun 29th May 2022 08:38

Thanks Carol. I'm a miserable old git, I know. 😊 Phones do want to take over your life though!!! Mine gives me unwarranted advice!

Thanks for the likes : Holden, Frederick and K. Lynn

<Deleted User> (33618)

Sun 29th May 2022 02:46

Life seemed a lot simpler before mobile phones, and yet they are also wonderful to have these days. But to become a slave to them is not good. You have penned an accurate portrayal indeed!

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