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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: googled (04/10/14)

TITLE: Surf and Turf – Grounded and Googled.
By Judith Gayle Smith
04/16/14


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Googled my Jim, my first husband to find
I now am a widow, no one cared to tell me.
Thanks Google, dispassionately telling me,
coldly, generically my first love is “deceased.”

Googled me to find how ho-hum boring I be.
My Facebook ministry now sounds so bland
Dispersed bits and pieces, this “nowhere gal”
Writes articles awash in nether-nether land.

Googling I find I’m grounded by Google.
The “not knowing”, all secrets wide open,
The “tell all”, the gossip, all silly rumors
Baldly, badly displayed, all mystery flown.

Googling restores tired grey matter lost
due to sadness, to illness, time and old age
Googling Ginko Biloba, “order it now”,
Alternative Medicine is now all the rage.

Googling because, oh no – I forgot
Gram’s Chicken Paprikash recipe,
Google finds it for me, bubbling hot
In Czechoslovakia’s tastiest feasts.

I have Googled and giggled, searched and find
there’s not much this sad world offers to me,
this time-wasting searching has found its end,
too much ungodly data overwhelms me.

I have Googled God’s Word eager to see –
Just what exactly He requires of me.
His Holy Spirit whispers quite firmly
That if it is He I would happily see . . .

“Stop Googling, child – spend more time with Me.”


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Toni Hammer 04/19/14
Love love love the ending! I could have written this piece - every word sounds just like something I've done or said or thought. Great work!
CD Swanson 04/19/14
Well done, and well said!
Excellent work.
God bless~
LaVonne Wood04/19/14
You have a good message here. We should not waste precious time googling or any activity that takes us away form God.
I enjoyed your poem. Blessings, LaVonne
Joe Moreland04/19/14
Very well said, indeed. It's amazing how we always forget that where we spend our time is indicative of what we worship. Do we spend inordinate amounts of time watching TV? Then we are worshipping it. I have known people who can waste entire days away at a time on the internet, googling this and that, reading drivel and flipping from one nonsensical Yahoo story to another (almost all written by amateur journalists who haven't done one thing to verify their declarations) - the internet has become their God.

We, myself included, need to spend more time with the real deal - as you so aptly point out in this piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Lollie Hofer 04/19/14
Powerful last line! Lots of truth in this poem.
Frankie Kemp 04/20/14
I especially like this line:
"Googled me to find how ho-hum boring I be."
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/24/14
Congratulations on ranking 7th in your level!