Telephone Blues

Too many of our under-thirty folk
are opting out. They have the notion that
a teacher's dreary voice, is just a joke.
The lecture from some gasbag drone falls flat,
no matter what that speaker might expound.
On Facebook, Twitter or some other Ap,
they talk with cutesy codes. There is no sound
where once, their chatter was the background yap.

It's hard to say which way one might prefer.
Sweet silence holds so much to recommend!
But any slight critique rakes up a stir,
with shouts and counter shouts, that have no end.
Magellan didn't sail the friggin' earth
that generations hence, a bunch of bums
would trade their voices for a nickel's worth
of technics meant to entertain their thumbs!