Technology will outlive me

She called to say we needed milk,
and ignoring that no one
older than two needs milk, I thought
how a phone call is so ephemeral, dissolving
in real time, washing its way
through ear canals, a gondola
disappearing in noisy recesses
lost to time or other currents.

A text lives forever, I reminded myself,
a record existing
out of context for eternity
or until the next Great War destroys life
by 1s and 0s while our forgotten tech
outlives us, a wasteland of data
and curated content sure to baffle
future alien visitors.

Walking through the automatic door
I’ve forgotten why I came here.
No text message.
No aliens.

Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019
Based on a true story

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 11 years and 3-year-old son, and at least for the next year, I’m on the right side of 40. (Both the interstate and existence, in years). I am a Tar Heel born and bred, and watch every Yankees game I can. My goal is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums in the next 10 years. I’ve been to 5 so far! Obviously I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy watching and reading sci-fi. I’m slowly attempting to finish my first novel, a “humorous” sci-fi romp which may be finished one day. I am a Doctor Who obsessive and choose Star Trek over Star Wars.

7 thoughts on “Technology will outlive me

  1. Very interesting and refreshing😊 Looking forward to reading more of your pieces in the future! This is sheer talent💛 I was wondering if you could checkout my new piece on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & JOBS OF THE PAST!And I would really appreciate it if you could comment some feedback to improve the writing style. Looking forward to hearing from you. – Kiran


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