The Chinese have a term for cell phone users: Ditouzhu 低頭族(低头族), or the clan of those with lowered heads.  It encompasses the young and the old, the mobile and the bedridden.  Everyone with a cell phone attached.  

Cell phone users are slowly catching on.  On the popular show Shark Tank, 2 guys pitched the "NoPhone", which is literally a useless hunk of plastic that pretends to be a phone.  It helps users wean themselves off the phone.  I'm not sure what is more shocking, the fact that it costs $10 or the fact that it's an utterly junk piece of plastic.  There are serious reviews on amazon for the product, and I can only chalk this up as the marquee gag gift of 2015.  

Smartphones are ubiquitous, not likely to go away anytime soon.  It's a tremendous amount of power held in our hands, to connect to almost anyone around the world.  Sometimes having power requires knowing when not to use it.  

Far from being a cell phone hating poem, today's poetry is a humorous look at every modern user of the phone.  

cell phone poem written using Chinese calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy, cellphone poetry

English Translation

Touch touch touch

Swipe swipe swipe

From the oceans' corners to the edge of the earth

Going online        From ancient history to now the search is on

Connect           Strangers and close friends in group conversation

 

 

In such a tiny area/space

The world is nearly boundless

Virtual as real

All is under grasp

Fingertips to fingertips

Soul to Soul

Secrets to discovery

Lost or immersed

Enslavement or exploitation

Can’t leave for even a day

Truly a miraculous toy

Simplified Chinese

摸摸摸

滑滑滑

海角到天涯

 

上网 古往今来穷追索

 

接通 远近亲疏大会话  

 

空间何其小

世界无限大

虚拟如真实

万有在手下

指尖与指尖

心灵和心灵

秘密和泄密

迷失或沉浸

奴役或利用

一日不可离

果真妙玩具

Pingyin

Mō mō mō

huá huá huá

hǎi jiǎo dào tiānyá

 

shàngwǎng gǔwǎngjīnlái

 

qióng zhuī suǒ jiē tōng yuǎnjìn qīnshū dàhuì huà  

 

kōngjiān héqí xiǎo

shìjiè wúxiàn dà

xūnǐ rú zhēnshí

wàn yǒu zài shǒuxià

zhǐ jiān yǔ zhǐ jiān

xīnlíng hé xīnlíng

mìmì hé xièmì

míshī huò chénjìn

núyì huò lìyòng

yī rì bùkě lí

guǒzhēn miào wánjù