I went camping recently and I realized that because people don’t bring their technology, camping is a way for people to become closer without interfering barriers. Technology plays a big role in human separation. It allows us to talk to our friends who live on the other side of the world. It also allows us to talk to our friends that live down the street so we don’t have to walk over. Technology has created distance in our society. People say that it’s also made the world a smaller place.
Anyway, I went camping with a couple people I knew well and a couple that I didn’t know well. I felt as if it was a way to see a different side of those people and that there was a distinct lack of separation between us. We removed ourselves from the rest of society and only concentrated on each other.
A Description of the Night
The thin walls shake with the wind
like a wolf is huffing and puffing,
blowing our tent down.
I wake every couple hours
to laughter and the rattle
of aluminum poles.
My mind is as taut as the strings
on her cello. She sleeps
next to me, eyes like box flaps.
My thoughts bash around, stuck
in a loop of dream then the sight
of green and tan overhead.
When my alarm finally blares
at me I see flecks of snow,
but I’m warm with her beside me.