Helen Shepard at Jim’s Coffeehouse & Diner, 2011 — photo by JC
by Helen A. Shepard
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Helen Shepard of Oberlin, Ohio, taught at Lorain County Community College and retired as an Associate Professor of Spanish. For many years she continued giving courses for their Center for Lifelong Learning. Helen has traveled extensively and read several times at Snoetry and elsewhere. Find out more about her at www.helenshepard.com.
Who has control over us?
We are remote, removed, distant
From each other
Located in a different space and time
Never-ending days of separation
Linked only by gadgets run
By electricity and clicks of the fingers
Contacts through screens
Separated by pageless words
Meaningless metaphors, foreign places,
voices, songs, rhythms and rhymes
Click a picture, click a message, click click.
We continue to breathe in this frosty air
Abstracted in muddled thoughts
Of remorseless remoteness
Trying to contact and renew our feelings
For each other but finding only
Remnants of our dreams
In this remote control.