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An Old Fart’s Ode to Social Media

An Old Fart’s Ode to Social Media

The Online Conversation
(To the tune of¬†“The Dangling Conversation” by Paul Simon)

It’s the Facebook photo albums
Of our pets, and our kids,
The flood of birthday eCards,
And funny YouTube vids,
Constantly tweeting our experience,
Like our journals read aloud,
Our pearls cast to the crowd,
In the online conversations
And the superficial memes,
Of our personal news streams.

You read your Weekly Standard,
And I my Huffington Post,
Then do battle in the comments,
To see who’s Liked the most.
Since we all answer at our leisure
Our rants and our responses
In fits and spurts will climb
In free-style Hip Hop time
Forming the online conversations
And the superficial memes,
Of our personal news streams.

Yes, we blog of things that matter
With words that must be read
“Can Instagram be worthwhile?”
“Is MySpace really dead?”
And how the chat rooms are so jaded
I can only view your profile,
I cannot feel your hand,
You’re a Facebook friend unto me,
Lost in the Online conversations,
And the superficial memes
Of our personal news streams.

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(When I finally stopped lamenting the loss of communication skills by a generation more comfortable with texting than with face-to-face conversation, I started to understand and accept. What I thought had been destroyed, I now saw to have evolved. Now I embrace the new social media, and hope to be able to ease the transition for other “seniors” with future articles.

 

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Poetry

 

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My Hen Renni

My Hen Renni

I get a little misty, now and then,
When I think about Renni,
My pet hen.

A polish crested chicken,
She was smart and sweet,
Asking only for love,
And some mealworms to eat,
And a warm arm to nap on
Every now and then.
That was sweet Renni,
My pet hen.

She was never a layer of eggs,
like the rest,
She was meant to win ribbons,
The best of the best.
But alas, she won none,
For her life was cut short
By a freak duck stampede,
I must sadly report.

Yes, poor Renni has perished,
Her life left incomplete,
By the cruel hand of fate,
And 500 webbed feet.

This poem is my tribute,
So I raise up my pen
In remembrance of Renni,
My pet hen.

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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Poetry

 

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Canarsie Climb?

Canarsie Climb?

A young racing tortoise named Ned,
Full speed toward Canarsie once sped,
Then decided to hurkle,
Thus forming a circle,
And rolled to East Flatbush instead.

~ Philski

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Poetry

 

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Esse’s Weekly Shoot &Quote Challenge – Pleasure

Esse’s Weekly Shoot &Quote Challenge – Pleasure

I hope I am allowed to quote myself.

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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Poetry

 

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On Science

On Science

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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Poetry

 

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Gaining Perspective

Gaining Perspective

If you ever start thinking that your problems are too big, or that your opportunities are too small, you can open this tool to see what BIG and SMALL really mean. It’s so good it will blow your mind every time you use it.
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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

Thoughts, Words, and Deeds

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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in Philosophy

 

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