Poetry Friday: Facebook Sonnet

August 19th, 2011

This week’s poem was selected by Stenhouse general manager Dan Tobin.

“Like a lot of people, including some recent commenters on our blog, I have ambivalent feelings about Facebook. It can be a wonderful place for connection and communication, but it can also make you feel like you’re stuck in a time warp. Or like you’re trying to talk in the present and past tense at the same time.”

The Facebook Sonnet by Sherman Alexie

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 preoccupy 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 up, sign in and confess
Here at the altar of loneliness.

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