The Outside Market and Me: A Prose Poem 

A cold and frosty afternoon, not much to do other than run errands; not much in me pocket, so I headed straight to the market and save myself a bob or two, to be left with a few. Atleast that’s the view.

Soaking up the local atmosphere, it all felt near and dear, the community spirit very much there ,with a hint of cynic. The man behind one of the stalls reached his limit, it’s not how it use to be, he told me. How so ?I asked.  Well not many people come out to visit, they’re too busy playing with the digits on their new tech gadgets.

The other man chimed in; the worlds gone mad he said. Hasn’t it always been was my response. I guess so he smirked joyfully.

I guess they figured life before was easily just as crazy as now.

-Sophia Alisa Ali ©

The story of how I came to write this poem is on my Instagram page; the direct link is in the sidebar if you want to visit 🙂


10 thoughts on “The Outside Market and Me: A Prose Poem 

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong here. I got the sense of your poem as people as a whole needs to enjoy the good things about what life, nature, weather can make one feel in our time of joy and living. As oppose to the worlds population being on their i-phones the whole time. They aren’t living life if they themselves are consumed with devices in their hands.

    This prose poem is incredible great writing and you also hit me with how much soul and heart you put in your writing craft. You my friend are a brilliant and talented, gifted poet. 🙂 I love this. 🙂

    Here’s a video you should see.

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    1. Yes, you got it! And also the fact that there has been a decline in people shopping locally as more people shop commercial and online. And the man I was speaking to at the market said that the worlds gone mad because of all that’s going on around us, but although he is a lot older than myself so I’m not sure how things were like for him growing up, but my guess is that the world has always acted the same, we just have advanced technology than before, and he agreed 👍🤗
      Thank you, for sharing the links I will have a look 👀

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  2. THIS IS AWESOME! Thank you so much, for sharing this clip! I need to watch this movie! I think he makes some GREAT points here! He sure is MAD, absolutely MAD i tell ya! haha! Yup that pretty much sums the world up! haha We are all mad in our own ways!

    The first clip you shared in the previous comment is brilliant i saw that when it first came out and it still blows me away today, as all of it very much rings the truth of today! The second clip actually reminds me of me, especially the scene at the bowling ally, when i looked around i saw the same thing she did, everyone looking down on their phones! lol!
    We cant be too judgemental now! lol We’ve all been guilty of it, i know i have!I also I think some people use their phone as a security blanket in social situations to help ease the social awkwardness that they may feel!

    Thanks again, for sharing I really enjoyed watching these, especially the Mad Scene , this one is my favourite! Absolutely Hilarious!

    Sophia 🙂

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  3. Signed up. I’ll be checking in as time permits. Interesting prose poem. Things change, we can’t go back, so we must adapt. I was raised in the Canadian north, no electricity, no radio, no TV (of course!) and mostly self-reliant homesteading (if that word still means anything today) Now I live in the Canadian S.West – in a small city, and all the amenities of modern living. I kayak the Fraser River, and I can drive to the ocean if I want to. I don’t regret the changes, I made them work for me. If you have the time or inclination, try watching a fantastic movie: “The Hundred Foot Journey”

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I post every Thursday, but might post again this Sunday, as I dig out a post I wrote about Nietzsche!
      Wow! I wonder how it felt like growing up with the things we so take granted, for today? But at the same time, were you aware of this other lifestyle /culture? as they say in a roundabout way, that what you don’t know you don’t desire. As in the modern culture we are constantly subjected to things advertised to us and so we usually feel the need to have that particular thing etc. I’m really intrigued to how it was like and is like now, for you. I definitely think the balance between the two is the ideal and because of your upbringing you have best of both🤗
      I shall definitely have to watch this movie; reading and watching movies are two of my favourite things to do 🤗


      1. We saw pictures and read about those things we didn’t have, in our school books but they didn’t make much sense: paved roads, streets with traffic lights and street lamps, highrise buildings, theatres, buses and taxis; people on holiday walking on sandy beaches in swim suits, or swimming in oceans or lakes. We had none of those things, just miles and miles of open flat land growing crops or with roaming cattle, and we rode horses for transportation. We didn’t miss the modern stuff, never having had it. When we first got electricity on the farm (1960 approximately) we didn’t know what to do with it as we had nothing that ran on electricity, everything ran on burning wood, gas, coal oil or white gas (naphta) as we called it. Took a while before we began to switch to electric machines and appliances. Well, we were healthy, tough and smart, way smarter than today’s same age generation because we had to do everything. If we wanted whatever sports equipment, we either made it or went without. The only thing we ever got that we could not make were ice skates and bicycles-but only a few kids had those. Skis, snowshoes, bats, hockey sticks and even pucks, we made ourselves and our “ice arenas” were patches of ice in fields in winter. The other thing we had was freedom: we could walk off into the wilderness for days on end, nobody cared as long as the chores were done. Different times, different people. No police, no doctors, no firemen… oh, and one telephone for the entire community at the general store which only adults were allowed to use… Doesn’t matter, the thing was a huge wooden box on the wall and it scared us kids anyway, we’d never go near it. I think you hit the nail on the head: we want things today because of advertising. We had no advertising (and very little actual cash). We did however have access to most of the old classics in both English and French (our school was bilingual) so if anyone wanted to learn about history, or engage erudite fiction, that was possible and encouraged by the community’s one or two teachers at the small two room school in the center of the village – right next to the Catholic church: mustn’t forget the church now, mustn’t we… Got any more questions, please ask, I don’t mind the trips down memory lane – and by the way, I’m 70 years old, born in Brittany, France, emigrated to Canada at age 5 and lived in Alberta and BC, since 1951 – 🙂

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  4. Depending on where one comes from, much, much, has changed in the last 60 years. The people who lived to the north of us in Canada, the Inuit, then called Eskimos, still lived in igloos, or ice houses in winter and used dogs to pull their sleds over the ice when hunting caribou and seals. The changes I have seen would seem like science fiction or, as you put it, like a TV show to many today. Technology has expanded exponentially, creating a situation in which today’s youth is beginning to realize that under the old religious, political and financial/economic paradigm they have no future. Technology is literally devouring the planet. Without a complete “crash” globally, the only brain that can control and drive technology is a central computerized brain. Humans have already been surpassed. I wonder, what are humans going to do if/when they fully come to realize this? Probably continue their trust in whatever rules them because they won’t know how to gain control of the madness of science and technology they contributed to launching? Thinking that the next “great discovery” or “invention” will provide the answer? Stuff I think about all the time… 🙂 Thanks for an interesting discussion.

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