Terrified of being loved for who we are

we found refuge behind fluorescent screens

trading in our voices to become voyeurs

only to be watched,


by millions of others.

Our hearts became infected

with a lust for self-rejection

as eavesdropping became the new romance

and we discovered a love without a face

or a body.

Merging with another million faces 

we became one with the blur

our legs grew

only to become addicted 

unable to stop running

self-condemned to a marathon of scrolling


in an insatiable chase to remember

what we had lost

George is an author, researcher, podcaster, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, join his mailing list, or enjoy his books

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