A Moment into Darkness


This is a poem about chat rage and those who like to “spoil” people’s digital experiences, often just for the sake of it. This is where fights break out between complete strangers on comment threads under pleasant or funny YouTube videos. This is where people write nastily and disdainfully to bring people down. This is about trolls. And this is also about community and the support and warmth that can be found in the digital realm as well.

I wrote it as a sonnet…

The curses came through window panes of grey

Cast cackles of disdain upon the fire

Around the hearth sat warming hands and toes

In cloaks of crimson, purple, jaunty green

Such stories told, such verse was freely shared!

And wine aplenty hot from spicey brews

A voice, the teller sang a wondrous tale

Yet from the shadows came the angry imps

They smashed the cups and pissed upon the flames

They tore with daggers into cooling cheeks

They ripped an eye and kicked into a groin

The circle broke a moment into black

But then our eyes they met in strength of will

Remade the circle, banished all the chill.

About Paul Levy

Paul is a writer, thinker, facilitator, theatre-maker, and conversifier. He is the author of the book, Digital Inferno.

Posted on November 2, 2014, in Key themes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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