August 6, 2010

Poetry Friday--"The Poet on Facebook"

Last year I set up a Facebook account. I spent a few weeks exploring people and pages. But, it didn't take me long to decide that Facebook wasn't my "thing." Part of the realization came about because a poet, a well-published, and well-respected one, surprised me with how she chose to use Facebook. I wrote a poem about her.
The Poet on Facebook

I thought you'd ignore
those insane quizzes--
What kind of...
old lady,
animal,
Seuss character,
would you be?

I didn't think you'd
fall for those apps
wanting you to
Name...
the Easter Bunny,
life-changing books,
what's hot and
what's not.

Nor did I expect you
to be involved in
Virtual...
water balloon fights,
flower deliveries,
sheep launching.

I see you poking, pinging,
and tweeting and I wonder
Who are you? And what
have you done with
my poet?
She shall remain unnamed, and I know she doesn't read my blog, so I feel free to share this with you.

What have been your experiences with Facebook? I know many people who can't live without it.

The Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted by Laura at Author Amok.

3 comments:

  1. Great poem!

    I use FB to keep in touch with friends and family. I refuse to get sucked into any of the other stuff (and I hide posts from people who do a lot of it). I can't find time to do enough writing as is... what would I do if I had a farm that required upkeep every few hours? Gack!

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  2. Since March, I've repurposed my FB page to be mainly a professional networking site. It's working nicely! I hid personal photos and other items from all except my immediate family. I used to dislike FB, but now my page is integrated with my blog and it has helped introduce me to lots of people in my field. Thanks for sharing the fun poem!

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  3. Hi, Diane. I love Facebook for some things -- announcing blog posts, inviting people to events. But I do get caught up in it sometimes, just seeing what my friends are up to. No virtual water balloon fights!

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