The Changing Spaces of Reading and Writing

Poem on Technology

  As I continued to navigate through the blog and reflect on the idea of text and technology, representing our need to expand our horizons and create more outlets for our creativity, I discovered this poem. I would like to know how you  feel about it. I learnt more about meerkats. They can dig as much dirt as their own body weight in a couple of seconds! I suppose we can only equal that when we truly master the technology. I suppose viruses are like jackals which are the only creatures that can conquer us. My computer was attacked but I am Back!

Community Creatures

A colony of bloggers secure in their topic

ranging in size from massive to microscopic.

The lesser ones surround and support the great

who set the direction for the others to debate.


A flock of forums grazing on knowledge

their shepherds guiding them to fresh foliage.

Free to chew the cud and relax within their walls

trusting the guardians to banish the jackals.


A hydra, a multi-headed oracle, it must be a wiki

tackling all problems from the simple to the tricky.

The multiple heads give it so much knowledge you see.

The only problem is… they do not always agree.


A mob of social bookmarkers, much like meerkats

take turns looking out and deciding what’s good to peer at.

Hoping none of the sentinels is actually a pretender

directing them all according to their own agenda.


In the distance, a herd of social networkers

dashing all over the place. There’s no room for shirkers.

Without any shepherds they all, every day,

have a role to play in keeping predators at bay.

©Adam Rulli-Gibbs 2007


1 Erin Gillespie { 09.24.09 at 7:46 am }

This is excellent. I can hear it being recited and I imagine someone gesturing wildly. “A hydra, a multi-headed oracle, it must be a wiki”, the visual image is fantastic and it is an excellent way to describe a wiki. The poem also reminds me of the oral traditions of the ancients with their descriptive, aggregative discourse! Thanks for the contribution. Erin

2 Ashley Jones { 09.24.09 at 5:58 pm }

I agree Erin! Great find Delphine! This would be a great poem to share with students, I think I will forward it on to our English teacher!

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