Today I’m antisocial

"...clever handwaves / from the keyboards of the networked"

Today I’m antisocial

Their fingers are rattling on computers in warm kitchens
and on the sweaty number pads of smart-phones
I am aware of the brave souls of housewives
sprouting chirpily on Facebook updates
The chatty words of comments pass me by
along with clever handwaves
from the keyboards of the networked
and the YouTubes of the earnest
with political concerns
I don’t LIKE the humorous quote
that hovers in the status
or the photo-add that creeps
down the sidebar of the timeline.

© November 2011 by Violet Nesdoly


Sometimes life goes by so urgently, you don’t have time to check Facebook or read the newest blogs. A few days of that and you sure feel out of it—antisocial even!

This poem grew out of Adele Kenny’s “Fill in the Blanks” prompt and the T. S. Eliot poem “Morning at the Window.”

6 thoughts on “Today I’m antisocial”

  1. This is right on!!! I told my sister recently that I hate it when technology begins to feel like a noose, but can one ignore it without being anti-social or snobbish? thank-you for the inspiration, If it works out I may link it back to you. Thank-you.


  2. Here’s encouragement for you! 🙂

    Internet Poet

    Align your machine
    with the stars,
    write your poem
    in electric fire,
    and your words
    circle the earth.

    Never before
    have syllables stretched so far,
    consonants so drummed
    a global tattoo.


  3. Aw, thanks, Adele, Janet and Charlie!

    Charlie, love your Internet Poet poem. So many great lines: “write your poem / in electric fire…”, stretching syllables and a “global tattoo.” Very fine!


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