Only three days until Not Your Average Sonnet is available on Amazon! It’s been so much fun writing and working on this book, so getting this close to the release date is really exciting. This poem is called “Text Message,” and it’s one of the first sonnets I wrote. Many writers have been touching on the subject of phones and technology lately, but I wanted to do it in a new way and really capture the experience of texting, specifically. Texting really is a language of its own. Often times, I have no idea what my friends are trying to say when I receive one of their text messages. I do know, however, that when a difficult conversation arises through text message, there is always the option of simply not addressing it. I always think about how funny it would be if people did this face to face, simply walking away mid-conversation when they don’t want to answer a question. Anyways, this poem attempts to capture the often confusing change in language through the texting medium.
A buzz a ding replace the ring of past
encounters words lost beyond their vocal
companions wander like flags without masts
into the sea of rapt, emotional
beings attempting to decipher what
the hell is going on. Sometimes it’s no
trouble others struggle with those fat
fingered responders their replies long slow
and jumbled like playing games of back
words scrabble. Most are more proficient with
a scrupulous, innate knack for exact
grammatical precision cybersmiths
unrivaled in confusing expression
and fleeing difficult conversation.