Tivo! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

May 18, 2010
Real life should have TiVo.
So, you know, if you ever want to
take a break, you can just hit
“pause” and come back later
because sometimes you
just need to stop for a minute,
slow down, loosen up,
get a snack, answer the phone,
yell at people to shut up
because you can't hear a thing.
Then unwind and rewind and do over
and get it right this time without
anyone shouting in the background.

You could slouch on the couch
in your pajamas with
a pint of Ben and Jerry's,
start from the beginning again and
watch your memories unfold in
high definition,
recognition of your worst and best moments,
yelling at the screen as if your life was a football game
and you're waiting for a touchdown.

And if life had TiVo,
you could fast forward past
all the homework, the boring job, the blandness
and witness only the interesting bits,
skip those commercials and get
straight to the action,
satisfaction that with this
same device, you can also
redo, redo, redo
all those times where
the sitcom happy ending
didn't happen.

Wouldn't it be great?
You'd live in your own Reality Show
Relish it all in slo-mo
And make your favorite parts
Last twice as long;
Click the delete button
And erase from your memory
All that you regret,
Reset your recordings to
The proper priorities
And hit “play.”

And even if your cable connection sucks
And the picture gets pixel-y,
And the sound breaks up,
We could still accomplish so much
With just a touch of a button.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Shminkanator5000 said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm
This was such a cute idea! I never thought about it like that. I mean, sure, people talk about how much you can pause and then go forward with life, but nobody ever connects it like you did. Check out some of my work? Thanks;)
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