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THE WEB IS TOO MUCH WITH US

The Web is too much with us, late and soon.
Click­ing and send­ing, we lay waste our pow­ers.
Lit­tle we see in cyber­space that’s ours.
We have given our blogs away, a sor­did boon.
This browser that con­sumes our after­noon,
This screen at which we sit for count­less hours
Googling aim­lessly through birds and flow­ers,
Our speak­ers blar­ing some down­loaded tune,
They move us not. — Great God! I’d rather be
A lud­dite suck­led in some chip­less bourne
So might I, far from plas­tic mouse or key,
Dis­miss the World­wide Web with holy scorn,
Not click on every ban­ner ad I see
Or spend my days and nights explor­ing porn.

(orig­i­nally pub­lished in Light Quar­terly)