Sunday, May 21, 2017

Word Drunk And Image High


Word drunk and image high
brains walk digital slums
where too much is too little.

Petitions drop in e-mails
with “this must” confetti and
shame shock toward wallets.

Nothing new under the sun…
Rome gets too big for its boots
chasing oil through Cheeto tracks.

Dumming down has its own cable channel,
glassy eyes tablet read into cameras,
Literacy Died On A Twitter Feed.

In the apathy we’ve become seeds speak,
“Tomorrow can be brighter than blindness,
It will take flesh and bone working together in real time.”

©Susie Clevenger 2017

Real Toads ~ Weekend Challenge ~ The News


11 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Perfect! Your strong closing is the truth. Love the literacy died on a twitter feed line. Excellent.

Martin Kloess said...

Well put. Action and words... (we can sit around or...)

Jericho said...

"Word drunk and image high
brains walk digital slums
where too much is too little."

"Nothing new under the sun…
Rome gets too big for its boots
chasing oil through Cheeto tracks."

These sections pop for me.

sarah said...

What a great first line - it really pulls you in.

Kim Russell said...

What a fabulous phrase, Susie: 'Word drunk and image high', and your poem has popped so many images into my brain, I get it!

Jim said...

Word drunk. Now takes two tweets to show all of "Literacy Died On 'A' Twitter Feed."
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paulscribbles said...

This is sensational Susie.

hedgewitch said...

Painfully true--I sometimes think I have already died, and been resurrected in some alien alternate universe, things are so broken from what they once were. As always, your words flow with both honey and vinegar, and bring sorrow and just enough hope to get by.

blueoran said...

If the news is dope and we are its addicts, then the 24-hour news cycle of incessant notification and alerts is our permanent midnight. The last stanza is curious, I take it that the real world will fare on without us or, alternately, that only when literacy truly dies that the online mind can fully enter its Matrix. Well done.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

The insight of literacy was perfect.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Brilliant write of what is, and tis true, your insight is perfect.
Anna :o]