Poem: Today I Left My Phone at Home by Gavin Miller

Today I left my phone at home
> And went down to the sea.
> The sand was soft, the ocean glass,
> But I was still just me.
> Then pelicans in threes and fours,
> Glided by like dinosaurs,
> An otter basked upon its back,
> And dived to find another snack.
> The sun corpuscular and bright,
> Cast down a piercing shaft,
> And conjured an inspiring sight
> On glinting, bobbing craft.
> Two mermaids rose up from the reef,
> Out of the breaking waves.
> Their siren song was opium grief,
> Their faces from the grave.
> The mermaids asked a princely kiss
> To free them from their spell.
> I said to try a poet’s bliss.
> They shrugged and bid farewell.
> The sun grew dark and sinister,
> In unscheduled eclipse.
> As two eight-headed aliens
> Descended in their ships.
> They said the World was nice enough
> But didn’t like our star.
> And asked the way to Betelgeuse,
> If it wouldn’t be too far.
> Two whales breached far out to sea,
> And flew up to the sky,
> The crowd was busy frolicking,
> And didn’t ask me why.
> Today I left my phone at home,
> On the worst day, you’ll agree.
> If only I had pictures,
> If only you could see.
> Not everything was really there,
> I’m happy to confess,
> But I still have the memories,
> Worth more than tweets and stress.
> Today I left my phone at home,
> I had no shakes or sorrow.
> If that is what my mind can do,
> It stays at home tomorrow.


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