When I do something,
confirmation from others
is a testament of my worth.

Why is that?
Is that the child
needing acceptance?

Let’s follow the need
for the digital pats
on the screen.

We get and give them
in the form of hearts
and thumbs galore.

We compare the count,
my heart total against yours,
and seethe ‘cause you got more.

Numbers count.
The more followers,
the more important I am.

So here we are patting backs
while trees cry and forests die.
“Give a big smile for the camera.”