Sunday, April 8, 2012

NaPoWriMo #8: Most likely will outlive me...


The New Eternity

My words
in exact sequence
of thought
spoken from the mind
to type
to screen

and launched out
into the dark --

here is the address
http:// ...
on the world wide web,

you can always find it
there, intact.

Ten years passed
and not a letter
or a comma,
or a period

and where are those who visited,
the 145 people who tripped the counter
when they dropped in to take a look,

the 14 who sniffed around and bothered
to sign the guestbook?

I've lost the password,
no way to get back in,
no way to properly
dispose of, no way
to make un-exist.

Lightly this capsule
floats in e-space,
while I, senescent,
every now and then
recall the days of creation.


Even if you are able to delete an old website, there's a high chance it's been archived somewhere. Internet Archives is one such website where you can bits and pieces of websites that no longer exist.


Anonymous said...

Yes--that is a bit scary! Especially if you've also posted a photo! Original poem! K.

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah once it is one the web it is pretty much out there forever in one way or another. Is a bit scary.

CygnetSeven said...

We have an expression, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. With the net, the opposite is true. People being fired over their Facebook posts. Leaked tapes. Slanderous stories fabricated by veiled individuals. And in the midst of all the good and bad are messages in bottles floating adrift in the sea as you painted in this poem.

Ravenblack said...

K and Pat: Thanks. The scary bit is any childish foolishness is there for all eternity, kinda like having your silly baby pics out there for anyone to come across or find.

@Cyg: I really like how you say it in the last bit of your comment :)

Fred Rutherford said...

Wow, I did not know this. Very interesting. I bet there'll be a bunch of those teenagers now will certainly regret a lot of what they post now, say when there in their thirties or forties. Really interesting. Thanks

Raven said...

Very interesting. And I enjoyed the poem.

Anonymous said...

This is excellent, frightening, and stirs up thought. I read a poem yesterday talking about a person whose coworker had died and how they were still getting out of office autoreplies in their e-mail the day of the memorial service. The archive of the internet, from Facebook memorial pages to website content, is a great subject that you handle very well!

Ravenblack said...

Fred: Yes, especially silly pictures. :) Maybe everyone will have them and it will all balance out. If you can find mine, I can find yours. :D

Raven: Thank you. Always glad to see you.

Anna: I am too much on this thing. :) Some may say I am on here and put my self in this more than I should. I met a lot of great people through this thing, and not-so-good types, but the experiences are interesting at least. Thanks for your comment on this one and the others, always appreciate your visits.

dsnake1 said...

this is such a good post. i enjoyed reading this, and all the thoughtful comments that followed.

i was thinking about the part about abandoned websites. i have one too, hand-coded, still alive in some server, and yes still getting visitors.
i am unable to update or delete it, having lost the password.

it's still here. :)

Ravenblack said...

That's cool, dsnake. :D I think I'll check it out when I bored at work. lol

Susie Clevenger said...

The eternity of cyberspace...scary, yet comforting to know a part of me will live on

Ravenblack said...

Susie: Yeah, a piece of affordable immortality. :) Thanks for reading.