NaPoWriMo Day 4: Cobbling it Together

Printer-friendly version"Mummified Body of Former Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers Found in Her Benedict Canyon Home"

Nobody knows exactly how old she was when she died
She lay for the better part of a year
cobwebs and yellowing letters
laptop glow permeating the empty space

We must invite loneliness
come in, we say
obligatorily gregarious
a vampire no cross can scare

We become an accelerating contradiction
broader, shallower
vast beyond imagination
Small enough
to fit in a palm
a pocket
a purse

Instant and absolute communication
preserved in amber
our words, no longer wind
freeze, crystalized on our tongues

"How often do you feel...?"
Fill in your own blanks
Still hungering for response
with a patience I don't possess

Loneliness is slippery
Its mechanisms
forcing our inaction

This mess of human interaction—
a tree-framed bit of skyline
whose profundity we had

a room with a small space heater still on
“…I’m your biggest fan, I’d be so touched by your…”
she lay for the better part of a year
laptop glow permeating
the empty


I was reading through some articles I once had to read for English class and I came across Is Facebook Making Us Lonely, and for some reason decided to do a sort of found poem out of it. I first just highlighted any words or phrases that stood out for me, then assembled them in a word document and went to town, rearranging and adding in my own words and thoughts. It's a fun practice!

Teacher Pretty
Middle school ESL teacher, lover of pink, eater of kimchi, addicted to Etude House, expert procrastinator, meeter of 2-dimensionial popstars: Ana. That's me.

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