Saturday, June 11, 2011

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 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.


  1. Fabulous sonnet, and I soooo agree with the sentiments. Maybe I just don't get "Facebook" ?
    Seems so useless and superfluous, but then again, I love being by myself.
    Thanks for "being there".

  2. "...the altar of loneliness." WOW!


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