Tower of Babel 2.0

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Sometimes I nap
snuggled up
to the screen
perchance to dream
downloading
the latest app
from Mother Machine
Like dancing
with no body
when fully jacked in
And though the birds
are outside singing
the bluetooth in my ear
keeps on biting
Am I flogging
a dead blog?
Tied to a whipping post
in the Chapel
of Celebrity Worship?
Waterboarded with wit
and spiritual insight
Has the cyber bug bit?
Fond memories
Favourite recipes
But I’m not nostalgic
Now bulimic
with quotations
ad nauseam
Am I becoming
the Social Cyblog?
With a great glob
of reblogging
and visions foreboding
of graveyard robbery
Amid the ghosts
of a million posts
haunted by the screams
of advertising streams
flooding this highway
of bloggery
To have
or have not?
To block
or have the lot
My cyber kingdom
to come
I am
the social medium

Prompt me
and you’ll get
a reaction
Yet battery
depleted
and all my entries
deleted
Lacking inspiration
Climbing mountains of trivia
to find hidden treasures
wearing just my pyjamas
Getting no satisfaction
in the cradle
of post civilisation
Could I handle
another book review
longer than the book?!
( I swear it’s true.)
Am I following
or being followed
by a social rabble
to the brand new
Tower of Babel?
No need for sandals
I can barefoot
across a desert
of broken hearts
laid bare
on algorithmic gravel
The poets
the dreamers
the bullies
and vandals
To sign out
or throw in my lot?
I am
the social me-diot

Is there
a grand plan?
Perhaps a new
and improved
upgraded
kind of man?
In the meantime
I skim … I scan
I link
Therefore I am
I swim
in an ocean of spam
I do not dive
down the deep end
I don’t stop
to think
before I send
Beware the bot
The illusion
of airbrushed
perfection
to show me
what’s hot
I need to follow
to be told
what’s what
Don’t hold back
My reply
will be instant
and immediate
So please please
like a lot
Just my keyboard
and me
on a spree
late into the night
downloading a riot
Streaking across
the firmament
of you favourite site
Uploading with
encrypted kryptonite
the Host with the most
For I long to be
the Saviour of all posts
the Anti Social
… Social Meteorite

Words & Image:
~ david redpath © 2018

21 thoughts on “Tower of Babel 2.0”

      1. Nothing to apologize for. I know it’s easy to get confused with it.

        The name is Βασιλική (Va see lee kEE). If you want to transliterate it into English, the simplest way to do it is Vassiliki. The problem is it looks awful (hate the double s and the i in the end). So I found somewhere its anglicized Basilike and adopted it.
        It’s the female version of Basil, it is also a Greek word meaning royal / regal, and it’s very common in Greece.
        Thanks for asking!

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      2. Thanks Basilike for that.
        I’ve been doing my research …

        ‘Eikon Basilike’, my favourite book
        from the Royal House of Basil.
        King Charles, the first, lost his head
        over it.
        ( Actually, I tried reading it, but
        it was all Greek to me.)

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