Haiku H026

How many questions –
Comments and shout outs –
Go unanswered on Twitter?




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…


I’m not really a Twitter user. I have an account only for the sake of using it only when necessary. While it is useful for some, I really can see a world without it. Most of it just stuff sent out hoping to be heard like we sent out messages hoping intelligent life elsewhere will hear it and reply. The “intelligent life” metaphor is also very telling considering how much inappropriate and/or regretful stuff on Twitter has been caught and deleted but captured for eternity. Or just the nature of many replies from all these “opinions” out there.

Obviously on Twitter, a lot of people do answer tweets, but really, how much goes unheard? From what I’ve seen via account feeds and accounts from people, a lot just goes out into cyberspace and never comes back. If we could hear it all, I imagine it would sound a lot like static from the cosmos, kind of like what cosmic radiation might sound like on a radio telescope.

All that noise…

And how appropriate is it that this haiku asks a question but does not contain even a guess at an answer. That is, it goes unanswered.

And but 72 characters, plenty small for a tweet which’s answer is probably longer than the remaining space… in numbers.

Btw, Twitter never made any money after all these years so how it’s staying afloat I don’t know. But the world could definitely exist without it.

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.


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