"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Net Without Emily

Locked behind walls
of ink and pen I stargaze
into an electric eye
that hounds my fingers
to step from archaic cursive
into a net trapping keyboard strokes.

I wish to be invisible in a world
rabid for detailed exposure.
The love I mother in my heart
doesn’t wish to drink from
a common faucet of outrage
or share depth where shallow pools.

I don’t want my voice stored
in a cloud, barricaded but never secure.
My world is a room where God
hears my confessions and pulls
my soul through ink until I surrender
translation upon pages only I can see.

©Susie Clevenger 2016

This isn't exactly steampunk poetry, but I brought Emily Dickinson into the modern age of internet exposure. I wrote her fighting it, but then again perhaps she would embrace it. There is a cult of electronic introversion I believe...see without being seen..speak without responding..It could be light or dark. 


Kerry O'Connor said...

This is such a thought-provoking piece, Susie. This line really made me stop and think about the implications:
I don’t want my voice stored
in a cloud...

I am not one to submerge myself in the online world, but I am a part of it, there's no denying that.

angieinspired said...

I love Emily, and the idea that she would baulk at the internet age rabid, as you say for detail and exposure. What a terrific melding of the old and new.

brudberg said...

I think she would find it hard to cope... a voice hiding, was never meant for clouds like ours... an maybe there are still many voices we cannot hear..

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is, in a word, utterly brilliant. Susie, your work is astounding!

Brendan MacOdrum said...

I think of Emily in her decades of seclusion in a big old house happily conversing with bees and wonder what great indoors the Internet robs us of, calling us out to play. Loved this.

Other Mary said...

I think you've got Emily spot on. And the, "common spout of outrage" is such an excellent way to refer to so much of what's going on online now, especially in this election year.

Rommy said...

This is quite good. I think it's wonderful as an alternate reality voice for Emily, but also as a voice for any poet drawn to expressing themselves yet a little leery at the strange new world technology has created.

Hannah said...

Sigh...this is really such an honest look into the conflicts of being a writer for the world and a writer for oneself...so much truth beautifully told.

Margaret said...

This really caught my attention "share depth where shallow pools." as did the whole last stanza! Loved it.!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

It sounds very Emily D to me. Well done!

Bekkie Sanchez said...

That first stanza was so good but I loved it all. So many tasty lines Susie!

Isadora Gruye said...

I find this piece meets the challenge perfectly, blending the world of a recluse with the world of social media. This gives me so much to think on, thanks so much for posting!!!!

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