A Lost Battle

Gone are the days of writing letters,

Etching the words with care and love,

Painstakingly choosing the words

Which convey the feelings accurately.

The computer does it all for you

Changes the font in a jiffy,

Underlines the mistakes in red and green

Thesaurus supplies the work,

The wizard gives help on line.

It’s the end of individual creativity,

Spread of ‘artificial intelligence’.

The time spent in conversation,

Is replaced by computer games,

The quality time spent together by the family

Is devoured by the surfing.

It’s no doubt brought the world closer,

But has created crevices within the family.

The invasion has been slow but steady,

The awareness took a long time in coming,

It appears that there is no turning back

AI is the ‘need of the hour’,

Helps you to reach out to the distant places,

Even if there is hollowness within.

22nd May 1998

Published by Dr. Pramila Kudva

I am a teacher educator currently worrking as a Principal of a reputed school in North Mumbai, have more than 30 years of experience, with several publications to my credit and have authored a book -"From chalk to Talk The Art of Teaching.

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