Composition: Poem – Socially Dead

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After all the mean comments

After all the shame

I’m deleting our picture

And you’re to blame. 

You’ve called me a monster,

Well,

You made me this way.

Abandoning your own creation

With no apology 

to this day.

Every now and then, I pop up

Tagged in a #TBT

This can be one of the worst times ever

For everyone can make fun of me.

As I resurface every year,

You refuse to face me. 

You press “hide from profile”

As if to erase me.

I know I’m an ugly picture,

But I have such character.

I’m a central part of your memories,

Your life.

If you’d only let yourself remember.

I just wish you were open

to pictures of all types, 

Instead you pushed me aside, tucked me away

Because I didn’t get enough likes.

Well,

 I’ve had enough. 

Away I will stay. 

Since social media wants pics

That won’t astray from cliché. 

Review:

In this poem, I embodied an old, “ugly”, picture, one typically found on social media’s such as Facebook or MySpace, to represent the abandoned and unloved creation. This old, or “throw back Thursday”, picture symbolizes Frankenstein’s past creation that continues to somehow come back to haunt him. It is apparent in the poem that pictures that receive fewer likes are the ones hidden or ridiculed, which tends to make the creator of the picture feel embarrassed or appalled at the picture. There are features that allow people to “hide” their photos from their profile to make it seem as if they were never there, which alludes to exactly what Victor did to the creature immediately after he created it. Victor hid his creation away from the world due solely to its appearance, disregarding the hard work, time, and dedication put into it, just like people of our generation don’t post certain pictures because they know aesthetically it is unpleasant and wont receive a vast number of likes. This relates to why I chose to make the poem a modern piece through the lens of a social media post because everyone is aware of how their “unaesthetically pleasing” pictures are treated on social media and, most importantly, what we do to those pictures. More often than not, the pictures that receive less likes are quickly deleted and treated as if they never even happened; just like the “unaesthetically pleasing” creature was abandoned and treated as if they never happened, until Victor could no longer run from it. In a lot of cases, we can not run from pictures that we’ve hid on social media because, at one point or another, someone will repost the picture, it will resurface, and one will have to face it, just like Victor had to face his creation in the end.

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– Jaimee Watson