Internet Connections

The person’s world
has gotten so much larger,
but the people’s world
has gotten so much smaller.

Social media connects countries
across the seas,
and people can travel anywhere
as they please.

A pen pal from Korea,
group chat based in Spain,
video call from Hawaii,
the internet a virtual airplane.

While looking at pictures
of hills, beaches, and trees,
you can almost smell the earth
and feel the breeze.

Foods from foreign places
served across the street,
yóu tiáo to gelato to chicken tikka,
savoury and sweet.

You could say that it is
a miraculous discovery,
but as with all miracles,
we should always be wary.

The many possible dangers
of the online scene
are not contained entirely
within the screen.

One should always be careful
of malicious bugs,
ever so tempting,
like computer-generated drugs.

Do you really trust an offer
for a free iPhone,
or $29.99
for a paragon gemstone?

The person’s world
has gotten so much larger,
but the people’s world
has gotten so much smaller.

While much of it is wondrous
and leaves us amused,
like anything, the web can be perilous
if it is misused.

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