Social media - a poem by Javed Alam
Like an irresistible intrusive impulse
I keep checking my social media accounts,
More than I initially thought I would.
Everyone here carries a tongue
Of Martin Luther King, a heart of Rumi,
A soul of Mandela, a mind of Socrates;
Everyone here uses Likes and Shares,
A new currency of altruism and activism.
Everyone here sends love emojis
Across the oceans, yet ignoring
Their families, their friends, across the tables,
Their neighbours down the streets.
People discover their inner activist,
Inner philosopher, inner poet,
Inner prejudice and bigotry here.
People behave like celebrities here.
My News-feed is colourful like a rainbow.
Sadness has evaporated from our perfect
Timelines, yet sharp icicles of loneliness
Hang from the grey ceilings of our minds.
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These poems have been previously published in various literary journals, magazines, books and anthologies around the globe including the UK, the USA, Ireland and Canada.
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