Internet Infraction


Internet Infraction: Bogged Down in Blog

The only way I’d ever stop
is flagged down by a cyber cop
who says my blogging cannot last
if I continue to go so fast.
He’d give a lecture and a ticket
and then he’d actually stick it
across my screen with strict instruction
to cease this method of destruction.

If life had meant us to go on line
hour after hour––eight or nine
hours or more day after day,
with always one more thing to say,
why would it give us legs to go
and feet to walk on, heel to toe?

Day after day, it’s grown obscene––
my eyes plastered upon my screen,
my fingers stiff with my attention
over what I might next mention––
fingers drumming, tapping, bending
all the while sending sending––
typing out, first fast then slow
my life as a reality show.

Until I wonder if I log
its details daily on my blog
because I want to recall life––
its joys and sorrows, pleasures, strife––
or do I only move about
to give  something to write about???

My friends all say this can’t go on.
I’m growing flaccid, weak and wan.
I need some exercise and sun––
some movies, dancing or other fun
aside from snapping pictures of
each bougainvillea or mourning dove.

Life’s meant to live, not to record.
It should be shouted, screamed or roared––
not typed out softly on the keys
of a laptop spread out on my knees!
The truth of this I’ve clearly seen
now that this sticker obscures my screen.
“Do not remove” it clearly reads,
“Go live your life! Go do some deeds!”

I’ll put on sneakers. Do some laps.
I’ll exercise ‘til I collapse,
then do more laps around the pool
‘til I’m an exercising fool.
I’ll call twelve friends up on the phone.
I’ll never ever be alone.
I’ll live my life until its end
without a single blogging friend!

My dedication will never lapse;
and yet, how temptingly it gaps—
that sticker, unstuck at its edge
so easy now to pick and wedge
my fingernail beneath and tug,
to drop its shreds upon the rug
and free my screen of its obstruction––
this taboo not of my construction.

To push the button, light up the screen––
to see its colors from red to green.
Black words on white, Cee’s daily flower––
no longer do I pine and cower.
I peck the keys, upload some pics––
once more getting my daily fix.
The truth of modern life leaks in.
To blog is not a major sin!
I’ll give up blogging, become a rover
precisely when Hell freezes over!!!


Another reblog from three years ago, when with firmest resolve I decided to cut down on blogging and get a life. So, how did that work for me? The prompt word today is lecture.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

18 thoughts on “Internet Infraction

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    I am NOT convinced that “doing” is inherently better than recording. They are simply different. Some people can record, others couldn’t if their lives depended on it. A balance is a nice thing, but I suspect it — like most platitudes — is overrated.


  2. janebasilblog

    Hello, I’m Jane, and I’m addicted to blogging. It sounds as if you need to join Bloggers Anonymous, where you will learn to overcome your addiction, taking it one day at a time. If there are no meetings near you – which there aren’t, since BA members are all sitting at home, clicking away at their keyboards – you can always go to our online blog.
    Click on the heading ‘Just for today, I will resist blogs and bloggers’, if you wish to start, or join in, a conversation.
    We at BA encourage our members to work a unique, carefully planned 12 step programme. The first step consists of admitting to your Higher Power that as long as there are only 24 hours in a day, you have a problem. 24 hours is the amount of time you spend blogging, so there’s no time left to eat cheesecake.
    The second step requires you to give up the letter Q – except when you follow it with the letter U. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Ha.. Looks like another site to get addicted to to me. Tell me. When I give up blogging will I take up writing annoying limericks instead that I blow in the face of all surrounding souls instead?

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      1. lifelessons Post author

        oops.. I read your comment as “Can I have her?” Now I see you are asking if I still have her. Yes. She’s one of the four kittens left on my doorstep in June. They all still reside with me.



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