Independence by Bill Frayer

Perhaps it really started
when somebody thought
to invent the backscratcher.
He discovered he need not depend
on foreign fingers.

Eventually he finds a smart phone.
He no longer requires conversation
bank tellers
diner companions.

Does he miss smiles?

He floats downstream
a slick digital residue.





Bill Frayer is a retired community college English instructor. He divides his time between Maine and Mexico. He is an active member of the Maine Poets Society and is actively involved in a number of expat writers groups in the Guadalajara area. Since 2008, he has written a regular column for the Mexican English language monthly, El Ojo del Lago. He has published four volumes of poetry and has had his poems published in Magnapoets, The Haiku News, El Ojo del Lago, the Lake Chapala Review, Stanza, and in the Spirit First anthology, Moments of the Soul.