October 9th, 2015


Poem: " 'Curses!' Said the Cursor"

This poem came out of the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] the_vulture. It also fills the "I Got the Instructions Off Ehow" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo Fest.  It has been sponsored by Anthony &  Shirley Barrette

'Curses!' Said the Cursor

My computer is cursed.
Maybe it's the cursor.

I changed it last week from
an arrow to a magic wand.

I got the instructions off Ehow
and the graphic looks great.

Now it rains sparks when I click
and sometimes my programs vanish.

Most of the sparks disappear, but
some are starting to accrue in corners.

I've tried uninstalling it, but
so far with no effect.

'Curses!' said the cursor
and went about its business.

There's more space on my hard drive
than since just after I bought it.

But then I remember the university and
the teacher who wouldn't help during office hours.

Carefully I load the new cursor onto a thumbdrive
and sweep all the curslings in there after it.

Then I label the drive "Private Game: Do Not Play"
and leave it on a desk near the teacher's office.

It won't be long now, and meanwhile,
my computer is back to normal.


A Way to Reduce Violence

Talk to the lonely people.  

Not like it?  Dude, this has been my primary mode  of socialization since I could walk.  The first thing I do in any group event is look for the people on the fringes.  They're usually my best matches and more interesting than the ones in the middle.  It even worked in Mexico and Russia when we didn't necessarily have more than a partial language overlap.

Anyhow, connection helps keep people alive.  It reduces many types of violence.  It also reduces deaths from suicide and loneliness.  Loneliness is about as deadly as smoking.  Also worth mentioning is that it's not purely physical: people can be surrounded by others, and still feel lonely for lack of intimacy.  

A cool thing here is that intimate relationships don't have to be physical.  Sure it's nice if you have plenty of local-to-you friends who can cuddle with you or help if your car won't start.  But if your area doesn't have many people like you, then you can find friends online instead, which meets the need for connection.  Outside of my family, I don't have more than friendly acquaintainces nearby -- but online I have some very fine 'ohana indeed.

The world is a violent mess right now.  Somebody should do something about that.

Be Somebody.