52 Poems: Week 8 Sherman Alexie

Emerson's PEN visiting poet, Kima Jones, brought this poem for my students to read. We discussed the many social media sites we all navigate daily and I am so glad I don't have to experience the complex digital world as a kid today. The sonnets that followed from my students amazed me and I will post a few of those in my next post. So, here is Sherman Alexie's "Facebook Sonnet" which, after attending my 20-year high school reunion this past summer (and daily on the book) I relate to quite well.

Sherman Alexie laughing at/with us all...

The Facebook Sonnet
by Sherman Alexie

Welcome to the endless high-school
Reunion. Welcome to past friends
And lovers, however kind or cruel.
Let's undervalue and unmend

The present. Why can't we pretend
Every stage of life is the same?
Let's exhume, resume and extend
Childhood. Let's all play the games

That preoccupy the young. Let fame
And shame intertwine. Let one's search
For God become public domain.
Let church.com become our church.

Let's sign up, sign in and confess
Here at the altar of loneliness.

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