“Icons” — A Poem


I examine the icons

on my new smartphone.


An old film camera;

a rotary phone;

a windup alarm clock;

a postal envelope


They should all be updated

to represent modern-day technology.


The camera

may be replaced

with an image of an iPhone.


The old telephone

could certainly be exchanged

for an iPhone.


The alarm clock,

the envelope –

they should all be switched

to an iPhone.


Not to mention the contact book,

the game console,

the media folder,

the calendar.




(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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