Friday, June 10, 2011
"The Facebook Sonnet" by Sherman Alexie
Welcome to the endless high-school
Reunion. Welcome to past friends
And lovers, however kind or cruel.
Let's undervalue and unmend
The present. Why can't we pretend
Every stage of life is the same?
Let's exhume, resume, and extend
Childhood. Let's all play the games
That occupy the young. Let fame
And shame intertwine. Let one's search
For God become public domain.
Let church.com become our church.
Let's sign up, sign in, and confess
Here at the altar of loneliness.
*Reprinted from The New Yorker, May 16, 2011.
Sherman Alexie is a writer of poems and stories. His most recently-published works are Face and War Dances.
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