Look Down Generation (2015)

The Look Down Generation
Ignores the clear blue sky.
They look down, look down, look down,
As life is passing by.

The Look Down Generation
Logged in and in the Cloud.
Sh, sh, I’ve got the Wifi.
Just wait. Don’t speak so loud.

The Look Down Generation’s here.
Mum, one-handed, in the road.
Her precious pramload heading
For a lorry’s dangerous load.

Look Down Generation scowls.
They’ve forgotten how to smile.
They’ve forgotten how to talk.
They look down all the while.

Written English out of date.
Shorter, shorter r 2 b.
The only words the look-downs know
Won’t win a spelling bee.

Look down, look down, look down,
On Kindle, app or phone.
Look down, look down, look down,
In a world you’ve made your own.

Look down, look down, look down,
Reading from a text.
Social skills have gone awry,
Leaving all quite vexed.

Laptop, iPad, mobile too,
Facebook, email, twitter.
Thumbing, reading, flicking, laughing.
Can’t relax, they’re all a jitter.

Tapping, texting, tagging, timeline,
Adding pictures pressing send.
YouTube, blogs, loads of links.
The world is going round the bend.

The Look Down Generation –
Their baby’s looking sad.
They’d rather read a Facebook post
Than chat and make her glad.

The mums don’t talk to babies.
They’re simply looking down.
Joy now comes from smileys
And Facebook shares in town.

Girl looks down, won’t speak to me.
Looking cross, thoughts interrupted.
No time, when asked the way,
Her phone time now disrupted.

Then, jingle, jingle, answer now.
Face time with redundant ear,
Talking loudly, fast and fiery
Flirty talk that all can hear.

Free hand wiggles on the screen.
Not a word to child.
Snapchat, Instagram and Linked.
A lonely world gone wild.

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From Should I Wear Floral (and other poems on Life, Love and Leaving) by Di Castle (illustrated by Denise Horn)

Should I Wear Floral and other poems takes a humorous peek at life, love and leaving during many changes in society over the last twenty-five years, FLORAL COVER PICwhile also celebrating landmark events in Britain.
Included are more personal fun verses written for family birthdays, weddings, and funerals
and adapted for this book.

The work by illustrator Denise Horn, has been likened in reviews to that of EH Sheppard of the
A A Milne books and her hilarious, laugh-out-loud illustrations again capture the essence of every poem.
From the irritations of mobile phones, holiday air flights, weight gain, the ageing process and stages of life to the joys of love and marriage, the quirks of retirement and sadness of separation and loss, these poems open a window on many familiar situations everyone will recognise

About Di
I am a writer living in Swanage. Born and bred in Hertfordshire, I always
had a love of words, writing as soon as I could hold a pen. My sister is
profoundly deaf and I have a passionate interest in raising deaf awareness.
After my youngest daughter went to school I began a career teaching in
Further Education, while collecting a hoard of unfinished manuscripts.
Later, my writing took precedence and, since becoming a regular attendee at
the Winchester Writers’ Conference, I have enjoyed success in their
competitions gaining two first prizes and highly commended awards for
articles on a range of subjects. I began blogging in 2012 and as well as
issues surrounding deafness I blog on mental health, dyslexia, writing and
anything topical that stirs me to fire up the computer. You can read my
blogs here: http://www.dicastlewriter.wordpress.com. My poetry collection, Grandma’s
Poetry Book, was self-published by Matador in November 2014. I have other
books in progress and there is interest from agents in my memoir of growing
up with a deaf sibling. Before moving to Swanage in 2001, I enjoyed a
nomadic existence in Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and South Bucks.
I live close to my partner, Bryan, in a Victorian building overlooking
Swanage Bay with views towards Bournemouth and Old Harry Rocks. I have three
daughters and seven grandchildren.

I published Grandma’s Poetry Book in 2014, Should I Wear Floral And Other Poems on Life Love and Leaving in 2017 and have written for websites such as http://www.henpicked.net, http://www.oapschat.co.uk , Gransnet and Depression Alliance.

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