#LiveOffline and read novels from paper;
Yellowed ancient preserve musty smell;
Hand-drawn illustrations;
Which tell story’s stations;
Enclosed in a fine leather shell.

#LiveOffline and find faith in communion;
Streaming preachers a saint you’ll not be;
So don you your suit;
Go collect you your lute;
And to worship by old olive tree.

#LiveOffline when you find yourself boozing;
Out with friends you should rightly go;
And leave back your phone;
For to foolishness prone;
Is a mind with libations aglow.

#LiveOffline in the quiet of the morning;
When news with your coffee you seek;
Fold open the pages;
Take the stories in stages;
Tweeting ‘fore breaking fast makes you bleak.

#LiveOffline for a true education;
For you’ll not build your world where you sleep;
So down, don your pants;
To campus go prance!
Lest after years wasted you weep.

#LiveOffline when camaraderie yearning;
Go under the sun yes you must;
For when you’re in need;
The guys on your feed;
Are the ones who you’ll least want to trust.

#LiveOffline if you seek that your presence;
Upon this broad planet is felt;
Cuz opining in tweets;
Through stranger mistreats;
The iron of change you’ll not smelt.

#LiveOffline because life more abundant;
Is to see, smell, and touch and to taste;
So go live life’s pleasures;
And go touch her treasures;
For life lived through a screen is a waste.


About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright, author of four novels. The most recent is "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps. Other works include "Lords of Misrule", "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio".
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