The Information Highway

Bex Ross took this photo of the traffic light tree, in the middle of the roundabout near Heron Quay, Isle of Dogs; via Flickr Creative Commons

Bex Ross took this photo of the traffic light tree, in the middle of the roundabout near Heron Quay, Isle of Dogs; via Flickr Creative Commons

Overwhelm is spreading like a contagious disease among the bits and bytes of social networks. So when my friend and fellow writer, Sterling Haynes, sent me this poem, I laughed out loud and asked his permission to share it.

The Information Highway

My information highway
has hit a major traffic jam.
E-mails, facebooks and twitter
are exhausting, my detours are
blackening my outlook.

The mental pollution
leaves little time for
reading, thought or
discussion with family.
My neurons are short-circuited.

My bridge with reality
has been washed out, stuck
in the mud, skirting reason,
easily diverted by consumer ads,
round abouts and stop and go.

How to I find my way
on highway 97 and freedom?
Go slow, obey all signs,
follow your RDF position finder,
you’ll come out of it, when the
clouds lift, the warm sun shines

and chortling takes control.

©2015 Sterling Haynes

Check out these other poems by Sterling Haynes.

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