Darshan1 in the time of Digital Love


I follow you on insta, snapchat and twitter

Of your Facebook page I'm a regular visitor


Often I finger the charged screen in my lap

And feel tiny tingling shocks at every tap


Over and again I send you text messages

Adorned with emoticons and silly adages


I wait anxiously for the gadget to beep

Hailing arrival of a text or call on skype


I download my email with zeal and intent

For the haiku of love you might have sent


If the phone sleeps I rub and wake it astir

Surely an update is just around the router?


As I drive to work glancing at the phone

In panic I see the network bars fade to none


Your pixelated face on the screensaver

Is just what I need to stay cool n sober!


There is the cafe! I rush in for its wifi

And lo! I see you buying tea and apple pie!


Your dark brown hair sparkles, flows free

"Hi" I cry, you turn and notice my entry


Dark red lips part and play their magic

And smile at me unlike any Facebook pic


Arms open ever so slightly, eyes beckon

I drop the gadget, let it fall break even


I dash and we connect as my heart pulsates

And I drown happily in a flood of updates



1. Darshan is a Sanskrit word meaning “seeing, meeting someone - especially someone with superior qualities”.



Abhay B. Joshi