Pity the poor smartphone generation,
helpless – hooked on the latest updates.
Those who can work their way to
owning their own house get to glimpse
deeper, more enduring time currents.
Gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts
think in far longer sequences.
Daily rhythms give way to weekly
and finally seasonal stretches of time.
Last springs seedlings grow yellow,
spindly with seed-heads and final blooms;
sinking inevitably to the ground.
These get cut and added to compost,
to help feed future crops of food and
beauty. The cycle continues.
Gadget batteries go dead or burn up
in less time than a seedling reaches
maturity and begins to blossom.
The deeper tides of life satisfy
one more fully than any tweet or post
ever could. Time to shut down the PC
and go back outdoors to enjoy more.