Vincent questions my friendships
All seven hundred and one of them
He calls them transient and
Accuses me of trading quantity for quality
I collect friends, he says, like he once collected butterflies
He knew his butterflies, Latin names and markings
He asks me what I know of my friends
What names and what markings are real?
Friendship, he says, requires effort
Hourly updates in a status box
And the clever use of punctuation marks
Will never be enough to nourish and sustain it
Vincent finds fault with a community that “chats”
Without reading a person’s mood
Or deciphering their body language
They swap typeface for flesh face
Communities, he says, should be well rounded
Touch and smell, taste, sound and sight
Imparted in equal measure to
Those who live beyond the Facebook family
And when my fragile friendships break – what then?
He points me to a better Friend
Who will carry me on His shoulders
And with His finger brush away my tears
Author’s Note: In a 2009 newspaper article the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, warned that social networking websites, texting and e-mails were undermining community life.
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