The New Prudery

Today the cellphone to one's ear can serve
As substitute for the hum of human breath,
Exciting the pulse of every blood vessel and nerve,
Forestalling love and even thoughts of death. 

Foot pumping the accelerator pedal, fast
May substitute for making love or dancing,
The thrill of some new technical skill may last
As long as your good old-fashioned romancing. 

William Ruleman is Professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he teaches a wide range of courses, including creative writing and literature, with a specialization in modern poetry in English. His poems have appeared in Acumen, Candelabrum, East River Review, The New Formalist, The Sonnet Scroll, The Galway Review, and Poetry Salzburg Review.