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Poem: "The World We Made"
This poem came out of the December 1, 2009 poetry fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from arielstarshadow and sponsored by janetmiles. It's a ballad about virtual communities.


The World We Made


Weave a web of shadows and light;
Build a bridge of zeros and ones.
Spin a thread of gravity’s grace;
Dance in the night with stars and suns.

Speak the words and a room appears;
Call their names and books fill the shelves.
Sing of legends and here they come –
This is the world we made ourselves.

Holding hands, together we span
Alone in body, not in soul;
Virtual families, warm and bright
Fill in the cracks and make us whole.

Finding new ways, we spread our wings
Always together, not alone.
Homes we raise up, with walls of love,
Here in the world we’ve made our own.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: December 2nd, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
This gives me the shivers and makes me tear up a bit. I can almost hear a melody in my head, but not quite.

I can repost it with credit, yes?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 2nd, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>This gives me the shivers and makes me tear up a bit. <<

I'm glad you like it!

>>I can almost hear a melody in my head, but not quite.<<

I can hear it, but alas, have no singing voice in this body. Other folks are welcome to try setting this to music, though.

>>I can repost it with credit, yes?<<

Yes, sponsors always get nonexclusive reprint rights. Share and enjoy!
ladymondegreen From: ladymondegreen Date: December 3rd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I might take a crack at setting it to music, if you like.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Go for it! I would enjoy hearing the results.
valdary From: valdary Date: December 2nd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
We love you too!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

*hugs*

I'm glad to hear that. Maybe I should've said that everyone is my inspiration for this one!
reileen From: reileen Date: December 2nd, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 2nd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad to hear that. You're welcome to link back here if you want to share this with other folks.
From: ladyperegrine Date: December 2nd, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I linked to the poem from my own LJ - is that okay?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 3rd, 2009 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Folks are welcome to link to poems they enjoy, so that more people can find them.
From: ladyperegrine Date: December 3rd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I thought so, but then it occurred to me that maybe I should ask first. :-)
arielstarshadow From: arielstarshadow Date: December 3rd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh thank you to janetmiles for sponsoring this! It's marvelous!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 3rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Sponsors rock. I love my hobby-editors.
From: oakwind Date: December 3rd, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like this!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad to hear that.
filkferengi From: filkferengi Date: December 8th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
As beautiful as it is true; brava!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 10th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

It's nice to know I hit the mark.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: December 11th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Allusions

I've been working on memorizing this poem, and as I say "Speak the words and a room appears" I just realized I'm getting at least three mental images.

1. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) rooms

2. The Room of Requirement in the Harry Potter Books

and, by reference to the Room of Requirement, 3. Callahan's Place, which you find only if you need it.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Allusions

>>I've been working on memorizing this poem,<<

Wow! That's flattering. Thank you.

>>and as I say "Speak the words and a room appears" I just realized I'm getting at least three mental images.<<

All relevant. I was also thinking of earlier examples such as MUDD and MUCK venues where people created different spaces to move through, followed by later examples like Second Life and the multi-user gameworlds.
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