Una Eversham-Bland could often be seen
Crossing the road while glued to a screen.
Addicted to headphones and smartphone technology,
She bumped into people without an apology,
Completely oblivious to what she had done,
She never stopped typing with finger and thumb.

All warnings to Una were wholly unheeded,
For Una’s proclivities could not be impeded.
Onwards she wandered intent on her phone,
Through parks and a busy pedestrian zone.
She hit a young child and a rushing commuter,
Tutting and glaring when people rebuked her.

One day Una wanted to cross a wide street,
Through six lanes of traffic, a foolhardy feat!
The red and green men were both barely observed,
As through speeding traffic she recklessly swerved,
Deaf to the hoots and vehicular shunts,
She made it across without looking up once.

To Una her mother had often opined,
That youngsters on pavements were far too inclined
To check their new messages, news feed or Tweets,
Not just when on paths but when crossing the streets.
She spoke of the rapid statistical rise
In accidents causing pedestrians’ demise.

But Una’s attention was seldom distracted,
From TikTok and Snapchat and stories abstracted.
She blindly flicked past all those videos of cats
And best friends’ new selfies and Instagram chats.
Her mother despaired of her zombie-like child,
Whose phone was a curse that she often reviled.

Then one day in June Una’s luck would run out,
Her music so loud she did not hear the shout.
If only she hadn’t been quite so engrossed
While writing another ridiculous post!
But Una oblivious to what lay ahead
Fell into a drain and split open her head.

Since then Una’s vision has not been the same,
And looking at screens causes terrible pain,
So Una’s enrolled on a mindfulness course
To be in the moment, a thing she’s endorsed.
In short, she’s relieved to be part of society
Not virtual, but real, as she likes the variety.

Perhaps in this tale there is one silver lining –
That Una was young and had not started driving,
For using your smartphone when driving at speed,
Is even more deadly, as all have agreed.
So Una has vowed that she never will Tweet,
When walking or driving or crossing the street.

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