30 March 2011

Soliloquy on the Upcoming April PAD


To poem or not to poem, that is the question;
Whether ‘tis nobler in the blogsphere to suffer 
the slings and arrows of daily posting,
Or to take a chill pill and post less frequently, 
or oppositionally, not at all? To sink, to vanish 
into the hinterland of the commentless and post no more; 
and by commentless we say an end to anonymity
and the thousand natural urges trolls are
heir to:  'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. 
To not post, to refrain, perchance to have a life – ay, there’s the rub:
For in that cessation what words may come, 
when we have shuffled off this electronic network must give us pause – 
there’s the reverence that makes a mockery of this writing life.
For who would bear the trolls and tribulations of time, 
the oppressor, the egotistical blogger’s contempt 
for those less scriberly, the insolence of the blank page 
and the spurns that impatiently unworthy take, 
when the blogger herself might fill her page with a bare revelation? 
Who would a blog’s burdens bear to grunt and sweat 
under a dreary deadline, but that dread of some life 
after the Internet, the undiscovered country from whose interests 
no traveler returns, puzzles the will, and makes us post 
those written words we have rather than fly off the handle 
and post others that we know not of? Thus blogging doth make cowards 
of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is wallpapered o’er 
with the frantic casting about for ideas, and enterprises of pithy commentary, 
with this the bloggers current post goes awry, and loses the name of action. 
Forward now, Blogger! To that Internet Archive we pray to no avail, 
that all my sins not be remembered. 


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't drink and blog.

You don't need to get a "BWI" with restricted computer usage!

One Minnesota Writer said...

I think drinking and blogging results in such interesting, arresting verse...To poem or not to poem? Poem. Definitely.

Constance Brewer said...

Anon - too much Pepsi again, sorry...

Kathleen - poeming away!

Anonymous said...

Maybe I should try writing "horoscopes" a little bit after my morning "Monster Energy" drink?

Constance Brewer said...

Anon - funny, I thought that was how you wrote comments anyway...