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Programmed to Love ADELAIDE CLARE ATTARD

We have exchanged whole words for abbreviations An abbreviated society I long for days I have never experienced Long for love letters that never arrived Let alone were written Long for the days when chivalry was not masked behind hollow promises When my sister asks me what she should say to the guy she’s never met, yet spent hours with I find myself pushing the words “don’t text him back too fast” Harder and harder under my tongue But I don’t have any better advice to give You want attention, but not too much I would trade a “here” text for a knock on my door, car idling like our minds in the driveway I would trade my mother’s Blundstone box full of love letters for my deleted dating apps I would trade all of my “ily’s” for roses and spend time watering each one of them, instead of Scrolling Scrolling Scrolling I would trade my blue light for sunshine My blue light for the crescent moon My digital for analog My FaceTime for face time My online presence for physical presence I think all I need is More listening and less consumption More 100% and less 20% More social And less media Maybe our only chance at survival is to go back to the way it once was It’s such a shame This is how we’ve been programmed To love

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