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Poem: "StumbleUpon" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "StumbleUpon"

This poem came out of the August 3, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from wyld_dandelyon.  It was sponsored by haikujaguar as part of the 2010 Holiday Poetry Sale.  She asked me to pick out some poetry for her based on her interests, from what I had available.  This one takes a look at the rise of social networking in news and other articles, in which all things old are made new again.  Hopefully this will appeal to a very dear friend who likes to push the envelope of what cyberspace can accomplish.


StumbleUpon


When the world was young,
Spider Grandmother invited people
to read the portents in her web of silk.

Now the world is older and weirder,
if not wiser, and Spider Grandmother
beckons us into cyberspace.

"Come, child, ask your question,"
she creaks in her old-woman voice,
"and I will help you stumble upon the answer."

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wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: December 18th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 18th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: December 18th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if twenty years from now, StumbleUpon will still be around? Like songs that mention records, maybe this poem will become a matter of historical interest. :)

I am amused by Spider Grandmother's ease with technology. She'd be one of those elderly you see wandering around with a fancy phone while skating on her wheeled walker!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 18th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>I wonder if twenty years from now, StumbleUpon will still be around? Like songs that mention records, maybe this poem will become a matter of historical interest.<<

Things change so fast in cyberspace that very little remains long-term. I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a fossil impression just a few years down the line. That's okay. Part of my job as a poet is to chronicle the culture around me as it evolves.

>>I am amused by Spider Grandmother's ease with technology. She'd be one of those elderly you see wandering around with a fancy phone while skating on her wheeled walker!<<

Hee! Yes, exactly. Several times she has shown up when I'm writing about cyberspace theory. Pretty much as soon as the two-leggeds starting calling it a "web," she said, "That's part of my sphere of influence, then."
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: December 19th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
*giggle* tidy, well-done, a nice round-the history story.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 19th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Thank you for the feedback.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: December 19th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

That one was sort of inarticulate, wasn't it? The feedback, that is. I like the way you used old folklore-feeling stories to hearken to modern technology.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 19th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I often blend aspects of past and present, or past and future; science and mythology; etc. I find that this creates good parallax, which makes for complex stories or poems. In poetry, especially, allusion lets me pack in a lot more meaning than the words themselves. If you know who "Spider Grandmother" is, then as soon as I put her in a poem with "StumbleUpon" or other aspects of the World Wide Web, then you can compare those two sets of ideas with each other. That's fun.
eseme From: eseme Date: December 20th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with Lyn that the nice circle connecting the past to the present makes this poem enjoyable.

And yes, as soon as it is a web there are spiders involved somewhere!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 20th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

>>I agree with Lyn that the nice circle connecting the past to the present makes this poem enjoyable.<<

Thank you!

>>And yes, as soon as it is a web there are spiders involved somewhere!<<

Sooth. Here at Fieldhaven we have orb weavers, wolf spiders, jumpers, funnel web spiders, all kinds.
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