So far, removed

L. B. Mek



for far, too many


automated greetings

on APP screens, or

having their name


as an A.I. function 

is any and all  


they’ll ever need or want

at least

that’s what they, tell


deep, sunken n consumed 

by that glare of moonlight


for far, far

too many, I fear


dear world, we need

we Must, change our trajectory 

before it’s too late, this

premise of a Hollywood fantasy 

is fast becoming 

an everyday reality for too many


for far, far

too many, I fear


generations of us, shattered


ever experiencing, wonder’s

of life

left an inheritance of sending

‘smoke signals’, only

when we do it

it’s done, devoid

of any reply, expectations

merely a re-enacting of traditions

to anchor our wisps of hope, upon


so that maybe we, too

can, feel

a little less, alone


this a hollow reality for too many


for far, far

too many, I fear…



© L. B. Mek

January 2023

  • Author: L. B. Mek (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 27th, 2023 02:31
  • Comment from author about the poem: ''Please try and seek help seek, to make a connection rarely, are we as stranded or as isolated as we feel, in the moment together: we are stronger!'' ( )
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  • Fay Slimm.

    The list of reasons given so poetically in this revealing post makes for the saddest of reading dear Mek - - we live in a generation of what you wisely call mere "smoke signals" while loneliness grows ever toxic to many - far far too many . - - this needed reminder goes into my list of favourites.

    • L. B. Mek

      'loneliness grows ever toxic
      to many - for far far too many'
      what sobering a truth, these words reveal
      thank you! dear Fay
      (the very existence of some words
      as a necessity, to spotlight
      the human condition, is a shameful
      fact of life, I so wish
      these scribbled words, weren't so easily
      relatable, to so many...)

    • sorenbarrett

      L.B. this struck home. I remember 50 years ago going to stay for a few months in a place that had no electricity. In this community everyone knew everyone and the only form of entertainment was sitting and talking to one's neighbor. There was little crime because if someone stole they would be ostracized. One could leave things outside and they would be there a week later, there were no locks on doors and you could go away for months and nothing would disappear. Then came electricity, radio, television, the internet and video games. No one talked to anyone anymore, the old died and no one knows anyone anymore. The community has not grown but crime has gone up and nothing is safe, everything has to be locked up and even then they disappear. A sad commentary of technology and its effect on society. Loved the write L.B.

      • L. B. Mek

        (all invention, has an equal capacity
        to corrupt or liberate
        yet something about humanity's fallible condition
        denotes, on most occasions
        our inventions, end-up hurting our way of life
        and seldom, do we get a chance to reclaim
        what we lose...)
        thank you! my friend, your anecdotal tale
        greatly reemphasis the themes I was trying
        to imbue in this humble scribble

      • Goldfinch60

        So very true Mek, many are just not connecting with others. We go regularly to a coffee house and so many people just sit at table with each other staring into the cell phones. We must talk to each other in person.


        • L. B. Mek

          so true Andy, such a sad state
          even when we meet up with people
          we're so used to that immediate dopamine access
          a second of lull in a conversation
          and we're back to flicking those screens, searching
          for that next hit, tell-tale traits
          of a junky, incapable of containing their addiction...
          (a really wise observation dear Poet
          an essential addition to the discussion)
          thank you!

        • Neville

          I first read these fine words yesterday and was struck dumb .. now returning this mane, I find that others have stolen my thunder .. suffice to say, you said it, just as it truly is, better even better if you understand what I mean .. Neville

          • L. B. Mek

            I doubt anyone can understand
            the full extent of this rabbit hole of a plague
            on our society
            like someone in your profession, Hyung
            so glad you think I captured the main points
            of this disturbingly complex subject
            (I get scared to share such direct words
            for fear that, one or two may read them
            and find it too close to the bone
            forcing them even further back in that shell)
            lately I'm having a problem my friend
            I want to write flowery poetic works
            with entraining and imaginative narratives
            but when I look at the blank canvas
            there's so much urgency to try and utilise
            our scribbles, to effect in some pitiful way
            all the blatant problems we see around us
            there's so much to do, so little we can do...
            and it has always, always
            been this way...

          • M. C. Vollmann

            This was reality to my ears, Thanks L.B. Mek, I Honestly don't know what to say. Again Thank You...

            • L. B. Mek

              no kindred brethren, dear poetic kin
              such comments as yours
              makes all this worthwhile
              so humbly, I'll thank you!
              stay strong

            • amepiesces

              automated greetings... on apps screen .so well written ..that line in the start....and it took its legacy to the end... great read

              • L. B. Mek

                so glad you could connect with my humble scribble
                thank you for the encouraging words, dear poet

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