birth announcement
the loneliness
of social media


12 Responses

  1. shirley weese Says:

    love this, hit me right in my heart. Well done!

  2. Alan Summers Says:

    birth announcement
    the loneliness
    of social media


    Somewhere there is a great spoof about social media, where a woman meets a man who doesn't use it, just talks to her properly. Yet she is suspicious as are her friends, denying he can exist. It succeeds because we are suspicious too. Someone with no Facebook or Twitter friends and does no virtual actions, only physical ones. It's a great spoof.

    Social media has its place, but the really good news is spread word of mouth, between lovers, or child and parent in person.

    Deeply wonderful poem, so much said, and unsaid.

    warm regards,


  3. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    Well if Facebook and Twitter are what prove existence, I guess that makes me the invisible man!

    in the dust speck
    on the clover
    in the elephant's trunk
    yelling "YOP!"

  4. Alan Summers Says:

    Gosh, well both FB and Twitter have disgraced themselves recently as we know only too well. But I think the communication between haiku writers will endure despite adversity.

  5. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    I hope you know that, member of Luddites-R-Us that I am, I was making fun of my antisocial(media) self!

    breaking the moon
    in half, I offer you
    the bigger piece…

  6. Alan Summers Says:

    Dear Autumn,

    I am wary of social media, so I appreciated both your direct and ironic response.

    I am still in awe of your huge support of my dark news haiku, and I am forever in your debt.

    deepest bow,


  7. Michelle Schaefer Says:

    I so love this poem. You were able to capture exactly how I feel about Social Media and the way it never satisfies anyone. Reminds me of Eleanor Rigby. Thanks for sharing.

  8. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Yes – Eleanor Rigby, Michelle!

    Reminded me of this one I wrote several years ago…

    Father MacKenzie
    writing the words of a haiku
    that no one will read

    Marion Clarke

    First published in
    With Cherries on Top
    Press Here, 2012
    Edited by Michael Dylan Welsh

  9. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    Babies need to be held and cuddled, not reduced to pixels and fonts; without touch, they cannot even grow or develop properly. One wonders if, even as adults, we are the same. Nothing can replace the face-to-face introductions of our wee newcomers. But even old-school announcements, once hand-written and delivered via mail, included human touch as part of that exchange. Quantum suppositions of entanglement aside, these new electronic communications of ours are devoid of that touch. Joann's haiku convey's this notion perfectly, and leaves us feeling the ache of that separation.

  10. Magyar Says:

    When you read; this letter I have written; hand to hand.

  11. janewilliams Says:

    Yes, sadly perfect for our times.

    Googling my name still I can't find myself

  12. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Sad but very effective, Joann.


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