A comment on how completely the era of social media has overtaken our lives, almost to the point of overshadowing the real world with its virtual allure.
Virtual worlds of perfect lives,
Pouting lips and charcoal eyes,
Photos ‘shared’ and status ‘liked’
He says ‘what’s up’, she says ‘hi’.
Unnoticed, ignored, a wisp of smoke,
Blows in through cracks in the bolted door
Meanwhile, in the background, the first sparks fly,
The woodwork singes, the curtains ignite.
And yet, within the world of dreams,
When happiness is uploaded, all troubles flee;
Smiles and tears, technicolour faces convey,
And charming strangers whisk all troubles away.
Outside the windows, sirens blare,
Cries reverberate, all in a scare;
The sunset hues of lives ablaze,
Tear through the walls, all barriers raze.
All else fades out, when the chat-box beeps,
Dark fumes all round, it’s too late to scream;
With the last breath snuffed out, and vision dimmed,
‘I luv u too’ blinks on the dying screen…