Tom Stock

Poet, Essayist, Photographer, Naturalist

Facebook Rant – the poem

Facebook is not for me
I let myself get sucked in
Commenting with stupid stuff
And this takes away
From my longing to be engaged
With the natural world
To have my hands in soil
Planting things
Watching things grow
Hearing the wind and rain
How can Facebook complete
with a real tree?
Its bark, its limbs, its leaves
Its shape, its shade, its oxygen?
I friend shrubs, mushrooms, weeds
I’m friends with rabbits and birds
I like clouds too, nice big puffy ones
I want real faces like I see
Passing me on the street
Smiling faces, happy faces, serious faces
Facebook is a drug
Stop it facebook, stop
You will not tempt me
Nor seduce
Tell me facebook,
What is so social about “like”?
I can’t see a real person who says “like”
How is this social?
Are you afraid of being out in fresh air?
Try walking barefoot in morning dewy grass
See how your mouse likes that
Listen to a bullfrog grumble
A bullfrog has a face too
And no book and it stares at you
And you think it likes you
Not. It’s waiting for a dragonfly
So it can ambush with its long sticky tongue

No U-Tube video’s for me
No viral posts for me
No no no
No thank you
I want real faces
That make eye contact
That show emotions
I can’t fall in love
With electrons on a screen
Go ahead and send me a message facebook
See what happens.
You will not get an answer from me
You will get nothing from me
Go get help. Join a support group
Take some time to smell the flowers
You are isolated facebook
You are nothing but a bunch of circuits
Try breathing, heartbeat
And other bodily functions
You are silly, stupid, sick, time wasting
Self serving, irrelevant, disturbing
You preach escapism
No no no
Not for me facebook
Try meditation, cooking, jogging
Try limiting internet time to 20 minutes a day
Go start a family
Go to church
Mow the lawn
Do volunteer work
Don’t be an idiot
Get a life
Try other forms of mindless activity
Like watching sports, sleeping,
Go for a bike ride
Get some exercise
I feel sorry for you
You have ruined millions of lives
You are not a social program
You are a machine
That steals people lives
Shame on you facebook

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2 Comments

  1. Hey Dad, are you going to put this poem on facebook?

    note: “How can facebook complete
    with a real tree?” might that be: “How can facebook compete
    with a real tree?”

    Thank you Dad, for re-affirming what is good and right with life…..outside of facebook.

  2. I AM NOW GOING TO REPLY AFTER MUCH FORETHOUGHT, CONSIDERATION, CONSULTATION WITH MY LAWYER, WIFE, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, LOCAL POLITICIANS, SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY AND MUCH MORE. THIS IS A BREAKOUT DECISION. MY REPUTATION DEPENDS ON CAREFULLY CHOSEN LANGUAGE. SO HERE IS MY REPLY. I RELY ON THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. ALL DATA IS REDACTED. THIS MEETING IS CONCLUDED. HAVE A NICE DAY
    TOM STOCK

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