NaPoWriMo – Poem / Poetry – “Social Accountability”

Hey there gals, guys and French fries (mmmmm crispy!)

We are now sitting pretty at Day Six (hold on to your hats) of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and boy have I got a whopper for you all.

(Don’t be rude, there are women and children present. I know because I’m one of them. And not the one you are thinking of. At least last time checked. I’ll stop talking now.)

NaPoWriMo Day 6 – Hold on to your hats

However, instead of going with the website prompt, I pinched the prompt off of their FaceBook page, which says thusly:-

“Today’s Poetry Prompt: using iambic pentameter, five lines, write a poem about the role of social media in your life (whether positive or negative).”

I kind of went 50/50 with the prompt, in that although I didn’t write the poem focusing on five lines and iambic pentameter (that sounds painful, you want to get that checked out by a Doctor), I did decide to take a humorous swipe at Social Media.

So I hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave comments in the section below – I’m very keen to hear your own take on Social Media, how you feel it has affected your life and what you like/dislike about it (after all, it can’t all be sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, that’s for sure).

Social Media Share by Wikimedia Commons / Benjamin Reid

“Social Accountability” by David Ellis

Social media, you tricked us all good
An imposter as to what you have to offer
It all started out as just information
Sharing is caring you said
Now it’s all gunning for LOL’s
Funny accidents and amusing cat pictures

Late at night, we’re getting intimate
I’m losing sleep and I can’t stop
You chew me up and then you spit me out
An entertainment junkie can’t get enough

What celebrity do I look like this week?
Let’s fire up the Comparison Application
I got Channing Tatum of course
I can see the resemblance
Except my six pack is missing
Plus I’m not even American

FaceBook, Twitter, let me Instagram it
A memory for us to cherish
Though at the time I was drunk
Those people I was with, I don’t know their names
Also, I’m pretty sure that’s illegal in seven States
And possibly nine countries

Let’s take another random quiz
Am I an animal, a book, a car?
A malevolent dictator, a faded superstar?
Perhaps a type of frog or an Indian raindance?
I’m slowly struggling with my identity
Last night I worked out what brand I would be
If I was a packet of frozen peas

No time to lament about things
Before the internet would be better left unsaid
The messages have gone viral as videos
Across flaming YouTube channels and Vimeo
Now there’s a price on your head

Guess there is nothing we can do
Except strap ourselves in for the ride
It’s all or nothing if you’re saying anything
So delete all your profiles
Or be prepared to suffer the consequences
Glorious or tragic
They’re all good for a laugh
Just don’t expect your lives to remain private
That kind of thing remains in the past

For more posts regarding how my fellow blogging friends view social media in their lives, check out the links below:-

1. The Social Network – I’m Afraid Of The Dark
2. Social Q | Q the Adult
3. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | The Gozum Show
4. #overthehilloldfart. | thoughtsofrkh
5. DP – The Social Network | Life With Pink Princesses
6. The social network | Taking time, making time
7. Daily Prompt: The End of the Line, Lines by Linda’s Fond Farewell | Lines by Linda
8. Daily Prompt: The Social Network Is My Network | Creative Mysteries
9. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | Joe’s Musings
10. Awkward | Tommia’s Tablet
11. Social Media | paul scribbles
12. Amazing Things Don’t Happen Here | The Jittery Goat
13. The Socially Awkward On The Social Network | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
14. Daily Prompt: The Social Network « Mama Bear Musings
15. If Social Network were a song… | Yeahthtsme
16. Caution! I Will Judge Your Facebook Status. | That Girl Ryan
17. Showing My Social Side « Sorta-Ginger
18. Fly for Icarus
19. Focus in a world of Distractions | Orla-Jo’s Not Dead
20. The Social Network swings and roundabouts (Daily Prompt) | Prompt Queen
21. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
22. Sensitive and Offensive | Daily Prompt: The Social Network | likereadingontrains
23. Daily Prompt: Connected & Sexy | One Starving Activist
24. Stuphblog
25. Thoughts on Social Media | Not The Sword But The Pen
26. Daily Prompt: The Social Network 1st April, 2013 | ittikorn1994
27. The Social Networks | The Nameless One
28. The Social Network | This Thread Sucks
29. Daily Prompt: The Social Media and it’s use | My Daily Prompt Blog
30. Networking | Spunky Wayfarer
31. Social Media | Pondering Spawned
32. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | shalilah2002
33. Cyber Socialite | Head full of Fluff
34. The Social Network | Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness
35. Social Media Junkie Alert! | Random Encounters of an Inquisitive Mind
36. Daily Post: Social Networking | A Sign Of Life
37. The Wonderful World of Social Media | Charming South
38. A POETIC CONVERSATION | hastywords
39. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | baka’s blog
40. Should I get a Twitter? | The Happy Hermit
41. Facebook For Alcoholics & The Lost | The Bottom of a Bottle
42. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | My Atheist Blog
43. Ilya Fostiy. Sweet Romance | Philosophy & Photography
44. April 1 Daily Prompt: The Social Network ~Nadeen Davis | Nadeen’s Corner
45. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | The Blogging Path
46. Social Media Blitz – Daily Prompt | Edward Hotspur
47. The Social Network | Giving Thought | Giving Sight
48. I’m No Fool | Wiley’s Wisdom
49. Socializing with a screen… | theconsciouswriter
50. Getting Social Media or Not. | Rachael’s insane rants and bizarre musings
51. I’m Pretty Sure You’re Dead – TentBlogger
52. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | General Brain Dump
53. Social Media and Digital Devices | Not the Family Business!
54. Selling how I socialize | Polyprotic Amory
55. Riddled Rara, Part I | rarasaur
56. Social Media | Eccentric Lady’s Stuff
57. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | Confession Time! | Loading…
58. Daily Prompt: The Social Network | cognitive reflection
59. Why is crap popular on the internet? | Quando Porci Volare
60. Facebook Fatigue | Sued51’s Blog
61. How to Make the Most of Your Social Media Experience? | women champion online
62. 1 April Daily Prompt: The Social Network | Family Photos Food & Craft


13 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo – Poem / Poetry – “Social Accountability”

  1. I’ve only just found the facebook page, I’m sad as I much prefer the prompt on FB today rather than the web one, but I’ve already written. I’m glad I’ve found it now. I enjoyed your poem,
    “A memory for us to cherish
    Though at the time I was drunk
    Those people I was with, I don’t know their names”
    this is so true, and reads humorously but is also just incredibly sad isn’t it?…

    • Hello Pooky 🙂 – glad you enjoyed my poem. Truth can be funny yet still contain infinite sadness, particularly when it highlights the flaws in human nature and how these foibles manifest themselves in everyday life. All we can do is shine a lonely light on them sometimes and see if we can improve or die trying!

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