April 10, 2011

When the war comes
They will decide to send the warnings
via SMS.
People without cellphones will not know,
and will be caught in the streets as the bombs drop.

Then they will decide
that text messaging is too expensive
and people will have
to become fans of the war
on Facebook
while the prime minister posts updates
on his wall
and waits for the likes to flow

That will only last for a week or so
the only way to find out about the war
will be Twitter.

Old ladies will sit, faces pale from the light of screens
and update their streams
to see if their sons died
and update their streams
to see if there is any food
and update their streams
just in case we won or lost

If you don’t have a cell phone
or a Facebook page
or a Twitter stream,

you will not make it.
I promise you.

16 Responses to “untitled”

  1. wkkortas said

    The tongue-in-cheek tone of the piece is handled just so; at no point does the piece veer off into the ridiculously comic, and it keeps the darker turn of the final three stanzas from being jarring or abrupt. The last stanza is perfect in its brevity and finality. This is fine writing, a virtuoso performance.

  2. forpuck said

    Thanks WK, and hey, maybe it’s time to get on Twitter, ya dig? Also, this is heavily inspired by a Leonard Cohen poem…

  3. Claudia said

    my goodness anton – this is freakin’ good..
    become friends with the war on Facebook…shivers
    and update their streams
    to see if their sons died
    and update their streams
    to see if there is any food
    and update their streams
    just in case we won or lost…more shivers
    and i second what wkkortas says – at no points it gets comic – really good write

  4. brian said

    nice…perhaps they will get you to do the advertising for them…lol…nice…this day will come i am sure…

  5. Gay said

    Closer than we think. Watching pale screens by dark and hoping we don’t lose power. Cut off and alone. Humans in the dark. Again. WOW. Really good, Anton. Really current. Gay

  6. wow… totally amazing poem! Twitter, facebook & txting etc. play such a HUGE part in the world now.. love this

  7. Rene Foran said

    excellent and darkly funny.
    and what the heck?
    no tumblr? 🙂

  8. forpuck said

    Thank you everyone for the kind words.

    Rene – As much as I like looking at iphone pictures and boobs, Tumblr isn’t a cultural cornerstone.. I think..

  9. Lori said

    it is a crazy world, and one that gets harder to stay personally connected to others despite the technological quasi-connections. nicely done, and i think i just might go re-read now 🙂

  10. kez said

    wow blown away ! great poem about a sad state of affairs well done and thank you

  11. the whole concept of this is absolutely brilliant..great write anton…reminds me though of things that are really happening in politics now…not on such a serious vein but did you know they make money available for people in grants but then dont advertis the project that the funding is for…as there is a lack of interest they then withdraw it…when someone in the future picks up on something and says “hey why cant you provide funding for this and that” they reply “we did but no one was interested so we wont be pursuing that again”…sorry for the waffle..

  12. forpuck said

    Hah, that’s funny. How much is it really happening?

  13. sonny said

    no tv…?

    how will the fans of the idiot box fare nostradamus…grins

    cudn’t resist…

  14. forpuck said

    TV is both healthily alive and totally dead. Try that on for taste…

  15. I plan on being in Fiji when the war hits, eating fish and munching nuts.

  16. H2O said

    A delight to read.

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