Modern Habits Broken

Wake up far too late. Drop off clothes to basement

from two days before. Unplug phone in living

room. Press the on button once, twice, three times.  Screen

stays black. Start missing the black screen screaming

incorrect unlock, restart. Scroll with nineties button

to power down. Count to ten. Press the button

once. Restart good. Not today. No message. Just

blackness followed by silence and more

blackness. No phone calls. No messages. No emails

I can check now.

Danielle Wong is the author of Bubble Fusion, a collection of poems about raising a child with autism. Her other work has appeared or is forthcoming in Soft Cartel, Montreal Writes, Patterns, and Inspired Heart for Teens: Identity & Diversity. She enjoys losing herself in forests. Visit her at

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