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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)

TITLE: SPEAKING 1, 2, 3.4…
By Susan Montaperto


To communicate through
Time and space.
To speak and be heard.
Isn’t that the heart and soul of
All human intercourse?

Speaking 1, 2,3, 4…

But for those of us living in the ultramodern
And up-to-date Twenty-first century --
All speech, thoughts, hopes and
Dreams must be translated, transmuted and
Finally transmitted into finite
DataStreams that crisscross the
Many and varied networks of the International,
Dare we say globally expansive Information Superhighway?

Speaking 1.2..3. 4….

“You’ve got mail!” Email, Twitter,
Tweets, Instant Messengers, FaceBook Accounts.
You’ve been Invited , befriended, searched
for and recommended.
Communications via Cyberspace.
Is very much the current rage.

Speaking 1.2..3. 4….

“Conversations” are short and noticeably quick.
Being as short or long or as fast as the conversationalist
Can type out with his or her wits.

Speaking 1.2..3. 4….

For there are no voices to hear.
,No sudden laughter, no breaths of excitement
Or tears to hear.
Just words to read, and reread and read again.
When it’s more convenient than the
present moment of time.

Speaking 1.2..3. 4….
Speaking 1.2..3. 4….

For it’s all very cerebral to read a
posting on a virtual-reality “wall.”
There are no hands to shake, no hugs to give
or receive, no faces to gaze into and see
Their eyes looking into your own..

Speaking 1.2..3. 4….

But it is of the moment,
Of it’s time --
And then it is no more.

Speaking 1.2..3. 4….

“For now we see through a glass darkly, but then we shall see face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know, even as also I am known.”
I Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)

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Marita Vandertogt11/12/10
We're moving way too fast, and losing each other in the process.... this piece condenses our "dilemma" nicely. Great job.
Mildred Sheldon11/12/10
Beautifully written and well put. Always rushing never truly connecting. Busy, busy like little ants, never truly slowing down and enjoying each others company. The sign of the times. I love reading each entry. I learn so much. Thank you for sharing.
Gregory Kane11/12/10
What struck me reading your piece is that it's rather difficult to properly describe a sigh in electronic communication.
Philippa Geaney 11/12/10
Really well said. Clever. You have put serious thought into cyber communication.
I like it.
Brenda Rice 11/12/10
One of my favorites so far. Good flow, well planned and communicated. Great job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/13/10
This is definitely a different piece. It encompassed me with a sense of sadness that I can't quite let go.
DK Landers11/15/10
It is sad that we are losing the human to human aspect of communication. You captured the essence of cyber contact very well.
Rachel Phelps11/16/10
I like how much you expressed here. Excellent.
Beth LaBuff 11/17/10
You're right... [electronic communication] is just NOT perfect on many levels. You have great alliteration here, "translated, transmuted, and transmitted." This has a great message!
Edmond Ng 11/18/10
Well expressed with so much truths! How sad communication is today of conversations and voices not heard, where there is no breaths of excitement or hugs to give or receive! It's so lacking personal touch and ever wanting. Excellent work.
Carol Penhorwood 11/23/10
You voiced the heart of the problem with "Cyber Communication". Seeing (and hearing) allows us a depth in conversation that mere words can not possibly demonstrate for we are not "seeing" the whole person. Well said.