The Season of Sharing: #APoem

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T’was the season of being social and we don’t just mean “Season’s Greetings”

As you wake up each morning and check your email and meetings

And flag the latest deals and mark them all as read–

You can catch up on the world’s news without ever leaving bed!

 

And Buzzfeed just posted yet another silly quiz

About what drink you should be, or in what city you should live

And the gift guides and online sales come across your screen

Reminding you that time is running out to get the gift of your dreams

 

When out from your iPhone there arose such a clatter

A new Facebook notification? Now, nothing else matters!

Away to your lock screen, your fingers swipe like a flash

Type in your passcode, and open the app

 

There’s no joy quite like the click that lies ahead

A little white number surrounded in red

When, what may appear on the updated newsfeed?

Oh, only the hundredth “like” on your holiday selfie!

 

With a couple emojis that really say it best

That thanks to your fans, you are truly #blessed

More rapid than Wi-Fi, your posting is shared

To your entire social network, and anyone who cares

 

On Snapchat, on Facebook, on Vine and YouTube

On Tumblr, on Twitter, on Instagram too!

Now sit back, refresh and watch your screen start to glow

As your retweets, favorites and followers grow!

 

Yet, you find yourself pondering a time less complicated

When social media wasn’t around, and hashtags weren’t created

And print was king, and there was no photo filters for your flaws

And Virginia wrote to the Sun, to find out if there was a Santa Clause

 

And you didn’t have to constantly see countless engagements,

And pictures of babies and edible arrangements

And random holiday cards arrived on your doormat

Instead of distant cousins now wanting to chat

 

And just when you think you’re finally through

That’s it, you’re done! No more for you!

You think of people you haven’t seen in a while

And the Instagram picture that made you smile

 

The lights, they twinkled! Their cheeks like cherries!

Your best friend on one knee, asking his girl to get married.

Memories and conversations you get to experience from afar

That you don’t have to be present, to see how happy they are!

 

And the blog you pinned to make a cookie recipe

So you can make them this year to put by the tree

And the viral stories about the good of mankind

Are a hopeful reminder during your daily grind

 

Where your dream job lies at the click of a mouse

You can learn how to cook while never leaving your house!

And strangers become friends, and make you feel less alone

Where the conversation never ends, and it’s all on your phone

 

Where we spotlight hunger, and poverty and crime and war

So we can donate our good tidings to those who need it more.

And we can watch our children grow up before our eyes

Empathize with their lows and celebrate their highs

 

And you spring to your mobile, your message is clear!

140 characters about a more social frontier…

“The world, in person, can be selfish and mean–

Let’s share more this season, even if just on a screen. “

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