New World Friends

Emily Dickinson Using Facebook?

This new world is far from that which Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson once knew.  I wonder if they would have incorporated the wonderful new things of technology into their poetry, like the overpowering realm of Facebook and cell phones (had they existed then).  

Walt often wrote about the contemporary ocean vessels of his day, which were cutting edge at the time.  Likewise, Emily wrote about horses and carriages, the modern day equivalent to our own automobiles.  So I think she did incorporate some of the current technology into her poetry.  Today we envision Walt’s ships and Emily’s carriages as quaint.  Perhaps future generations will see such references to the technology in our lives as quaint, or perhaps things like Facebook will eventually fade away into obscurity leaving our future readers unable to understand it.

In any case I think Emily would have used Facebook profusely as she corresponded with her friends.  Although she rarely ventured out to meet them face to face, she was fond of writing letters with them.  So that’s why I wonder about it.

A few weeks ago I sent a “friend request” to a lovely and very published poet on Facebook and later I was away from home when my cell phone buzzed.  Pushing a couple of buttons I discovered that Facebook sent me a notification to explain that my new friend accepted my request!  I was excited and when finally returning home I composed the following poem in honor of her.   I don’t know if generations 100 years from now will understand the references, but I think most of us can.  I hope you enjoy my little poem.  I wrote it with the spirit of Emily Dickinson flouncing around in the back of my mind, thinking that this is how she might have written a similar poem in her day.  Thank you for visiting.

New World Friends


The morning simmered the glistening dew,
returning it’s angelic luster to the heavens.
And the bees
played in threes
round the lilacs in dozens…

There my heart laid amidst the blooms,
the springing day and sprouting shrooms,
when my pocket buzzed with such unrest,
and saw you accepted my friend request….

So I left that garden to find another beauty,
as a matter of loving duty,
to thank the delicate heart who found mine
seeking friendship for all time…….



© 2011 John Richter

About johnallenrichter

I am an aspiring Poet and adorer of life, a conqueror of nothing. However I am a champion curator of truth and friendship and hold both of those things most dearly to my heart. Welcome to my mind's eye. I hope you will enjoy what you may find and please know that you have a friend here. View all posts by johnallenrichter

4 responses to “New World Friends

  • Claudia

    ha – i think most of the old poets would’ve used facebook and blogs..and twitter because it’s such a wonderful way to connect and meet the most interesting people from all over the world..also a place for inspiration…lovely poem john

  • Fireblossom

    I think you’re right about Emily. She would would have been all over it, cos she kept up considerable correspondence by post and also in notes she handed or had delivered to her sister in law next door. Emily is a special favorite of mine.

  • oceangirl

    I am so not in poetic world that I thought it was Angie Dickinson and of the most beautiful legs in the world. Oh well..

  • brian

    ha, this was rather fun to think on…and i too think they would have…though i have fled FB myself…far too much drama and misdirection for me..

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