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Paul Butters Mar 19
An app for this
An app for that
An app even,
To feed your cat.

Mesmerised by mobiles
All these zombies shuffle along
Nearly getting run over
So internet throng.

Scanning with their debit cards
No time for cash
But I don’t trust these things
With their laser flash.

All this social media
Where is it going?
So much information
Toing and froing.

Good to keep in touch
And so easy to Google
Want to make a noise?
It’s better than a bugle.

Better check in on Facebook
So you all know where I am
Time to check my emails
To bin the latest scam.

But whatever happened to talking?
It’s now a forgotten art!
The cyber revolution:
This is just the start.

Paul Butters

© PB 19\3\22.
Anais Vionet Feb 14
(a billet-doux to HP)

4 minutes til (virtual) class
“Dang”, I think. I need to post today's poem!
I paste the poem, the title, the tags.
I have the sense that once the page says “saving draft” I’m *******.
So I quickly press save.. and..
502 bad gateway
“Argh,” I say under my breath, glancing at my clock.
I press refresh.
Do you want to submit the form?
Of **** course I want to resubmit - I press submit.. and..
502 bad gateway
“Oh my f-king GOD!” I yell at my iPad
I press refresh.
Do you want to resubmit?
Yes, yes, YES- I resubmit, I submit, I supplicate, I grovel.. and..
502 bad gateway
2 minutes
I scream a line of obscenity that would **** the Pope if he were here.
I refresh
One of my roommates inquired, “Are you ok?” from her room.
I resubmit and.. and.. and..
“Yes!” I yell, to reassure my roommate, “Website issues,”
it finally, finally posts.
A “Whoom” sound announces the start of my virtual class.
BLT word of the day challenge: billet-doux: is a love letter.
Please don’t tell me this has never happened to you.
Alone, in front of your computer,
Or with your phone in hand,
Looking at pictures on the screen,
Many are cute, ****, honest nice,
Always beware, some devious plans,
Is the person in the picture, the same,
As they say, wanting you to believe,
If you never have a meeting plan,
It’s just a fantasy, in your hand.
Wherever your thoughts, or decisions,
Take you, stay cool, don’t feel blue
Keep a good attitude in 2022
The Original Tom Maxwell © 1/1/2022 AD
4:20 AM
Anais Vionet Nov 2021
He puts it out there, the Schrödinger’s cat of invitations.

Now, I’m irritated. “I TOLD you I don’t have time for.. involvement.”

“But you have to eat - so eat with ME,” he shrugs. “You can build a friendship with someone and still have freedom.” His observation was casual, as though it were unrelated to anything between us. He seemed to have the intuition that I’d balk if pressed.

“You’re subversive.” I said. “Why me? There are prettier girls, more agreeable, fun girls. I feel like I’m on the edge here,” I look around to indicate the room, the environment, the university. “And I can be a complete as-hole.”

He looked a little offended, “You’re interesting, I like what I know about you and, yeah, we can all be as-holes - we’re in a pool of “A” types, in case you haven’t noticed.”

“What do you KNOW about me?” I ask.

“I’ve read some of your writings,” he looked thoughtful, “I may know a little about how you think, It’s unusual.. interesting.”

I’m shocked and I squirm, “You looked me up?”

“I looked you up.” he nodded, “to be sure you’re not an axe murderer.”

“How much did you read?” I asked, wheedling, my inner-writer engaging.

“Tell you at dinner - YOU name the date and time,” he smiled.

“My idea of “dinner” is walking to a dining hall, picking up a bag of food, bringing it back here and taking ten minutes to eat it between chapters,” I warned.

“I have a meal card,” he says, jiggling his student lanyard.

“We’ll see.” I said. “Have you talked to anyone else about my writing?”

“No,” he answered, “Why?”

“Please don’t, I have to think about it.” I say. As far as I know, no one I know in RL has read me - it’s an odd feeling - like maybe he got ahold of my diary. I haven’t worried over the fact that someone I’m in physical proximity to could look me up. That all this stuff is actually out there.

“Don’t think my misgivings can be cajoled away,” I say, “no more talking.”

He chucked but we got back to studying.
Thomas Steyer Nov 2021
Don't know what I need
Till I see it on the net
The pictures look great
Reviews say it's worth having
Close the lid and go to bed
ScaryGary Nov 2021
when the streamer met a dreamer
all this must be really real
your game puts all the guys to shame
your voice feels like i really feel

when you called me your wild daisy
i hope all the others heard
baby i'm not that crazy
baby don't take the other's word

if only he could see her
he'd see who she really was
he wouldn't wanna be her
nobody really does
Nat Oct 2021
If these webpages could talk
They did it a decade ago

These ancient posts jut up
Rotting like titan bones
Every comment another grave
Born and dead the same day

Our ancestors built this place
Nine years ago
They blew away one by one
But for a few huddled remainders

The words are relics
A rome and its ruins
Echoes and ghosts, lingering
As the forum quietly fades
That feeling you get when you stumble upon (or, worse yet, revisit) a once thriving website or fandom, and see how it has dwindled down to nothing over the years.
Big Virge Sep 2021
Now I’m Really NOT One...
For Much... Idle Chatter... !!!

So These Days I’m STUNNED...
By Some... Online Banter... !?!

And I TRULY Think...
That There’s NOTHING SADDER...
Than... INTERNET GANGSTERS... !!!

Pranksters And Wanksters’...
Running Talk That’s Slacker...
Than **’s And Lap Dancers... !!!

These Online Gang Bangers...
Seem To Lack Good Manners...

So Are QUICK To Clamour...
Breed Arguments And Rancour...

It Seems Because Their Standards...
Are Lower Than Bankers... !!!

Who Leave Folks ANGERED... !!!

When They Steal Like Madoff...
And Are QUICK To ABSCOND...
With Cash Until Their Captured... !!!

Their Talk Online Is BADDER...
Than Any Street Gun Clapper...

Until Their Talk Is Challenged...
In Ways That Start To Fracture...

Their... PETTY Online Manner... !!!

So Then They Resort...
To... Talk of WAR... !!!

Or Forms of Written Slander...
That They Think Starts To Hammer...
As If Their Name Was THOR... !?!

They'e Warriors Fa’ Sure...
Who Hide Behind Keyboards... ?!?

But Clearly Lack The Force...
To Simply Be More Warm...
Instead of Act Like SPAWN... !!!

They Really Are Quite Funny...
ESPECIALLY These Honeys...
Who Like Monche Said Are UGLY... !!!

On The Inside of Their Outside...
Where Their Ugliness TRULY Resides... !!!

The Type Who Tell Folks LIES...
And Hide Behind Their PRIDE...
And Egos That Define...

That Their ******* Runs WILD... !!!
From Time To Time...
When They're Chatting Online... !!!

And When It Comes To Guys...

Their Keyboard Wars Disguise...
A ***** That’s Downsized... !!!

Because They’re ****** Whose Online Tricks...
Are Those That Hit Like Dope Addicts...
Who Need A FIX of... Ip Man Fists...
Or Facing Clips That Spray Bullets...

Or Something MORE...
Than Online Wars...
That Prove They're FLAWED...
In Ways... SO POOR... !!!

That What They Need...
Is Some MARTIAL LAW...
With Some Tekken’ Three...
And Kicks From PAUL... !!!

Now Of Course I’m One...
Whose Wordplay Stuns... !!!

And Sometimes Pushes Barriers...

But To DISRESPECT...
On The INTERNET...
Is The Act of Plebs...
And IGNORANT Women... !!!

Whose Only Defence...
Is Clearly BROKEN...

Because... “ I’m Just Joking... “

... ISN’T Potent... !!!

Just Like The Talk...
That’s Always Showing...
That They Like To Judge...
But DON'T Like Judgement...

When It's Expressed...
And Aimed At THEM...
On The World Wide Web...
By The Type of Heads...
Who Deal In RESPECT... !!!

Until It’s Time...
To Drop Some Lines...
That Hit Their Hopes...
of Dropping Quotes...
That Knock Out Folks...
While They’re Sitting At Home... ?!?
In Computer Zones...
Or On Their Smart Phones... !!!

That’s NOT The Way...
That REAL Knockouts Go... !!!

So They Really Shouldn’t Play...
The Game Like... **’s... !!!
With REAL Street Pro’s...

Because Some WILL Get...
... TRULY UPSET... !!!

And WILL Come And Find...
Where They... Reside... !!!

Whether Girl Or Guy...
It’s Really NOT WISE...
To Hide Behind...
The Type of Lines...
That’s May Seem Fine...
When You’re Online... !!!

Because EVEN Today...
With Viral Strains...
Keeping Folks Locked Away...

There Are Some Heads...
Who May Attempt...
To HUNT You Down...
Because of Things Said...
... On The Internet... !?!

So DON'T Make Threats...
Or Make Folks VEX...
Who You’ve NEVER Met... !!!

Because You Might Find...
Yourself... Tongue Tied... !!!

If A Fool Decides...
To Search Online...
And Find Out Where...
You Live So BEWARE... !!!

Of Course All Should Be Fair...
In Online Warfare... !!!
Where Banter Flows...
But DON'T Throw Quotes...
That DEEP Down You Know...
Might UPSET Some Folk... !!!

Because It WON'T Be JOKES...
That Come To Your Door... !!!!

If Someone Decides...
To Bring War To Yours...
And Treat Your Life...
Like A Victim of SAW...

Because YOU Might Be The Master...
of Your OWN... DISASTER... !?!

So BEFORE You Throw Daggers...
Make SURE That It’s LAUGHTER...
That’s Feeding Your Banter... !!!

Before Online Chatter...
Creates A CADAVER... !!!

That Can NO Longer Answer... !!!

Because of Your Wish...
To Be An.....

.... “ Internet Gangster “.... !!!
Especially now that so much of our lives, are now spent online, don't think that what you say, won't cause you pain, be wise with what your choose to express online.
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