I click a pic to show the world
The cute outfit that shows my abs
10,000 likes and 100 retweets
It’s confirmed, I’m just so fab!
I send a tweet to show support
For cleaning up the ocean
300 likes – I hit delete – wtf?
Not enough commotion
I try again, a sassy tweet
No substance behind my stance
100K likes! A Kim K retweet!
Going viral – here’s my chance!
I know I’m great – I see my stats
And now I’m getting money
Yet when I turn the iPhone off
My tummy just feels funny
And so I Insta, Tweet and Vlog
My soul and body baring
50,000 friends like me, me, me
Yet still, I keep despairing.
This poem was written for Jamie Dedes’ Wednesday Writing Prompt calling for a poem about narcissism and its role in our current culture. Jamie is The Poet by Day and her prompts are always so thought provoking and evocative. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do – she is a wealth of information and her passion for social justice is a shining beacon.
Note about this poem: I am not very plugged into social media so the numbers that I use in the poem, while it seems a lot to me, may not be that much in the “Twitterverse” or “YouTube Land” or other platforms. How many likes do you need to go viral? Maybe it’s like that old Tootsie Pop commercial: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? The World may never know.
©️ iido 2019