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03 December 2009 @ 05:40 pm
On the other hand, though, Poetry  
For years, I have been saying things like, "I love my computer; all my friends live there" and "really, the vast majority of my social life is online". And I have seen, over the years, the power of online communities, ranging from the SSBB Diplomatic Corps to the much more recent saveours00j project. Given that, I was delighted when arielstarshadow prompted "I would like to see something on the internet tribes and cultures we build" in Tuesday's fishbowl.

This poem came out of ysabetwordsmith's December 1, 2009 poetry fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from arielstarshadow. Because I sponsored it, I have non-exclusive reprint rights. Please do not reprint or repost without specific permission from the copyright holder, ysabetwordsmith. If you want to boost the signal, you can link to the original poem.


The World We Made

Weave a web of shadows and light;
Build a bridge of zeros and ones.
Spin a thread of gravity’s grace;
Dance in the night with stars and suns.

Speak the words and a room appears;
Call their names and books fill the shelves.
Sing of legends and here they come –
This is the world we made ourselves.

Holding hands, together we span
Alone in body, not in soul;
Virtual families, warm and bright
Fill in the cracks and make us whole.

Finding new ways, we spread our wings
Always together, not alone.
Homes we raise up, with walls of love,
Here in the world we’ve made our own.
 
 
 
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on December 3rd, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is beautiful.

If she doesn't already know them, she might want to read Steve Savitsky's Somewhere In The Net, and my Callahan's All Soul's Day.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 4th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Where might these be found?
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on December 5th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
alt.callahans archives. I'm on the road right now, but it you can't locate them I'll dig them out for you.
Submarine Bellssubmarine_bells on December 3rd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love that! Wonderful, warm and true. :-)
Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Catpernishus on December 4th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this, Janet.
margdean56margdean56 on December 4th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
It reads like it wants to be sung...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 4th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
That was my first reaction, too! That I could almost hear the tune for it. Elizabeth said it's in ballad format, so that may be part of why.
Ayesha: Catch a Star (PaperVolcano)browngirl on December 7th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I can almost hear the tune. This is lovely and full of truth.