The Facebook Sonnet

Home again. A poem I like from the New Yorker of May 16, 2011 by Sherman Alexie. I’ve always had mixed feelings about Facebook and this poem captures some of them. But now that I participate a little in Facebook, I find it truly is handy for some things.

The Facebook Sonnet

Welcome to the endless high-school
Reunion. Welcome to past friends
And lovers, however kind or cruel.
Let’s undervalue and unmend

The present. Why can’t we pretend
Every stage of life is the same?
Let’s exhume, resume, and extend
Childhood. Let’s all play the games

That occupy the young. Let fame
And shame intertwine. Let one’s search
For God become public domain.
Let church.com become our church.

Let’s sign in, sign up, and confess
Here at the altar of loneliness.

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