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Oh! What Have We Become?

Uma Daga | June 10, 2021
Oh! What Have We Become?

The iris had no shine.

The pupil was listless.

His eyes held a blank look,

They weren’t moist, there was no emotion in there.


The smile that once made his eyes dance,

Had shrunk into a glare.

He looked like someone,

I did not know from anywhere.


He spoke well, he had the flow,

Intense knowledge continued to flow.

In his figures, stats, numbers and words,

Sadly amiss was the human touch of before.


Sitting in front of his screen for hours,

With unknown and known faces he knew,

He had drained the juice off his eyes,

Virtual jargon was all that fetched a neon glow.


Constant calls, where he speaks at length,

Have surely polished his skills of talking.

I know he impresses many ears at the other end,

But real expressions? They surely go missing.


When his eyes meet mine,

Without any mask or Facetime screen,

I feel a difference too big to be ignored,

Can I blame it on WFH? I don’t know.


Months of calls and videos in isolation,

Far from those with whom he worked along,

Or transacted with in person,

Have made him this way or is it something else?


A natural smile that always reached the eyes.

Is now veiled and shielded by screen time.

Only to reflect on glass with robotic faces,

Mostly, adding to the emoticons on typed lines.


Staying at home in such times does have its pros and cons.

He is safe from new strains in the air,

But what about the virus that has crept out, to recreate a person I knew so well?

Aaaaaahhh……The clone fails to see the reality in my eyes.


Uma Daga

Uma is a nature lover by birth, life enthusiast by choice, and a content strategist and writer by profession. As a freelance content developer and editor, Uma has worked with several international and domestic clients like the United States Embassy, Infoanalytica, Ezdia, Enventure, and the Aditya Birla Group, among many others.


Uma loves travelling, making friends, reading, housekeeping and learning new skills. She lives in Jalpaiguri – far from the maddening crowds – in the lap of nature and says, “You have to meet and spend time with me to understand why I am the way I am!”

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Moushumi Mukherjee
Moushumi Mukherjee
2 years ago

How apt is your writing and it stirred something within me, wonderful write up

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