This is a poem about contemporary youth. If you’re a teenager or young adult, see if you recognise yourself or anyone you know in the poem. For parents, check if this poem describes the lives of your kids.
Counted the ceiling boards all over again
Thinking maybe something’s changed
Doodled on every piece of paper at hand
Tried words but nothing meaningful emerged
Then reached deep within to the artist in me
Drew masks, owls and a goat with a beard
Heard shouts, jumped to flick the switch
Disappointed, turned to bang on the desk
Cell and laptop down, frustration at its peak
This poor teenager is so lost without power
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016
This is the story of today’s youths (and some adults) whose lives revolve around electronic gadgets of the digital era. These devices open them up to endless possibilities of activities online and offline but they are all contingent on the availability of steady electricity supply. When that is disrupted, their whole world seems to be plunged into darkness. Such inactivity or ennui was unheard of among youths before this era.
Are you or anyone you know addicted to digital devices? How much of a reading culture do you have? This presupposes that you don’t consider reading hardcopy books a distress. How do you relate with your friends and family? Do you have meaningful face-to-face interactions? It’s been observed that even when those afflicted by this malaise meet, each one is engrossed with his or her device, making mutual engagement limited. Do you belong to clubs and fellowships that foster activities which take you away from your computerised toys?
Believe me, there’s life outside your computer and mobile phone. Live a full life now while you can. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO!
What can a Christian do to fill the time when things are slow?
How do you as an individual take up the slack when power is off?
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