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Technology Love Story

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by Ann Chiappetta

I am a beautiful nerd. I love my technology, drool over new gadgets and would have two computers if I could afford it. Well, I do own an iPad, that counts at least a little bit, right? I call my laptop Skywalker because it’s powerful and insightful, thanks to Windows 10. Yes, it does outthink me sometimes, too; maybe I should have named it R2D2 instead.

In late 2018, I upgraded to a new iPhone XR and admittedly grieved for the lost home button and fingerprint lock. The face ID security features and gestures at first made me want to crunch the darned thing under the heel of my slipper, but working from home softened my attitude and feet.

Here is a little poem about it.

On the Tip of a Finger

Tap.
Flick up.
Flick down.
Double tap.
Use a digit
drag it around.

press side button;
“Hello Siri” — why doesn’t she talk?
Slide and lift
Thumbs are best to text.
Swipe up with index finger
Double tap to select.
Tippity-tap tap
Doink doink doink
Try middle finger gesture instead.

Spell Onomatopoeia
• NOT ammonia —

Swish, swoosh blunk

Dexterity demands flanges
To execute a pinch or scrub.

“Hi Siri,”

I didn’t say that

Slide and lift
Thumbs are best to text.
Swipe up with index finger
Double tap to select.

About the Author

Ann Chiappetta M.S. is an author and poet, making meaningful connections with others through writing. Ann’s nonfiction essays have been printed in Dialogue magazine, among others. Her poems are often featured in Poesis, The Pangolin Review, and Magnets and Ladders. Her poetry is also included in Breath and Shadow’s 2016 debut anthology, Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow. Her books—a poetry collection Upwelling: Poems, a memoir Follow Your Dog a Story of Love and Trust, Words of Life: Poems and Essays, and a short story collection A String of Stories From the Heart to the Future—are available in both e book and print formats from Amazon. Visit her site http://www.annchiappetta.com/ to learn more about her work.

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3 thoughts on “Technology Love Story”

  1. Abbie Taylor says:

    Being an iPhone user, I can relate to this. Thankfully, I have an SE2020 that has a home button. But in a couple of years, I’ll have to upgrade, a task I won’t relish unless Apple comes out with a new model that has a home button. Thank you for sharing.

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