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

This poem came out of the August 2, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by laffingkat.  There are, in fact, some studies of memes that reveal similar spread patterns between ideas and germs.


Contagion


Memes are
subtle, insidious things.

They are not alive,
but they can co-opt life
to manufacture their own transmission.

They are viruses of the mind,
spreading not by an infected bite
but with a whisper, with the click of a key.

Ideas multiply and divide;
moods gather like clouds, bright or dark;
behaviors leap from body to body, swift as sparks.

Memes are invisible, implacable.
You must muster all your defenses:
logic is the immune system of the mind.

It's up to you to distinguish
between parasites and symbiotes.

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the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad laffingkat sponsored this one; I was torn between sponsoring it and 'Hag-Ridden'. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you found so many poems to love this month.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

:)
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 5th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I approve heartily of this poem!

Reminds me of an image on my LJ's welcome message:

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

My profile says, "Warning: The content of this blog may cause permanent damage to narrow minds."
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 5th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

:-D
ladymondegreen From: ladymondegreen Date: August 5th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well said!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this.
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