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Not That I Text (November Poem-A-Day: Day 5)

Write a text message poem. Compose a poem in several short sections inspired by the compression of text messages. The poem might have one speaker or many speakers.

Not That I Text


Not that I text

but if I did

I’d use whole words

spelled in English

not jibberish


Not that I understand

the symbols so cryptic

as if a language so vague

was real to begin with


Sure it’s a language

all it’s own

but one I prefer

not to hone


Perhaps it’s because

I went to school

before most teens today

even entered the world


Or maybe it’s due

to the fact of attention

to details of spelling,

grammar, and intention.


Reader Comments (2)

Love this! And I love your point of view. I'm a texter myself, but I use proper spelling and grammar, none of this brb, lol, g2g stuff that passes for conversation nowadays. Short answers, one or two words, but properly spelled and used.

Oh technology. It can be so advancing and yet so hindering.

Visiting from #NovPAD, great job!!!

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Cynthia, thank you for stopping by and commenting! This was a tough prompt. One I almost didn't do.

I agree about the advancing/hindering part, but am amazed at how different the future is for my children. ;)

November 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterNatalija Brunner

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