Before the Trans-Atlantic cable
all communication was limited to
short-burst wireless
(Stevsie had an echo-box)
Man with Horse
and intercontinental tanker which
if the weather was right
only took about two weeks to connect

Now one can say ‘hi’ to one other
nearly instantaneous and half-way
around the world. Now one hardly
takes the time to pay for postage.

And even though it’s only been
so long since this sort of thing
were even possible, one can
hardly conceive of being down a day
without it.

Or maybe that’s just me, dear.
I can admit that weakness, and I
can miss you just a little bit
because of it. What I can’t do,
is fathom how we used to rely
on pigeons.

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