Scroll Like Zombies

If I ask a question
would anyone answer
or is an answer
too much to ask

and we scroll like zombies

I’ll ask anyway
just in case
someone has something
to say

and we scroll like zombies

what happened to the world
what happened to us
why are we like this
when will it end

and we scroll like zombies

go back twenty years
what were our fears
surely not a screen
with people who were mean

and we scroll like zombies

go back a decade
memories were made
we had to remember
our phones could not

and we scroll like zombies

social media is
not really social
it’s the Me in media
and the I in social

and we scroll like zombies

no one has
as many friends
as the number
on their profile

and we scroll like zombies

it is a lie
that a lot of us live
giving meaning to numbers
when there is none

and we scroll like zombies

here is a picture
do I look good
here is a cause I support
you should too

and we scroll like zombies

here is a joke
tell me I’m funny
here is another joke
am I still funny

and we scroll like zombies

on our high horse
we sit and stare
judging others with the
press of a button

and we scroll like zombies

so much power
in our tiny thumbs
can cheer up
or tear down

and we scroll like zombies

no one liked it
no one likes me
no one cares
no one cares about me

and we scroll like zombies

words take up
too much time
get to the point
or we won’t care

and we scroll like zombies

take a picture
it lasts longer
pick a filter
it looks better

and we scroll like zombies

how dare we stand
outside by ourselves
and look bored
better grab my phone

and we scroll like zombies

put the earbuds in
we don’t want to talk
who are you
don’t sit next to me

and we scroll like zombies

the screen
brightens our face
the sun
brightens our screen

and we scroll like zombies

people make videos
telling us to look up
but only after
we finish looking down

and we scroll like zombies

this poem has a purpose
the repetition
the short lines
the use of we

and we scroll like zombies

when I say we
how do you feel
do you feel included
is that what you want

and we scroll like zombies

there’s an urgency
to follow the trends
celebrities let us know
which ones they are

and we scroll like zombies

because no one wants
to be a loner
that’s like finding
a monster under the bed

and we scroll like zombies

our phone is our friend
our battery is our enemy
we keep our friends close
and our chargers closer

and we scroll like zombies

don’t you see
how twisted this is
or did you give up on
reading this long ago

and we scroll like zombies

look at me
talk to me
listen to me
please like me

and we scroll like zombies

so many people never talk
we exchange buttons
not numbers
it’s a like for like world

and we scroll like zombies

so what happened to the world
what happened to us
why are we like this
when will it end

and we scroll like zombies

I won’t tell you to change
I can’t
I am you
we are each other

and we scroll like zombies.

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About Paul

This is the part where I'm supposed to write something interesting about myself and you'll read it and think, "That's not that interesting." So let's not do that and just think about pizza instead, on the count of three. One, two, three. Donuts. Now, wasn't that interesting?
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56 Responses to Scroll Like Zombies

  1. DAON says:

    This is amazing piece of social commentary, I love the abrasive nature of your words. Humanity has entered an information driven age which in turn has made us much more ignorant then we would like to think. It’s people like you who can help change this, keep up the good writing! This reminds me of a poem I wrote, with a similar connotation. I hope you don’t mind me linking it here, but I’d love for you to have a look. Both are poems are written in an eerily similar way! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts 🙂
    Note #8 Camera | Detailed Accounts of Nothing
    https://detailedaccountsofnothing.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/note-8-camera-2/

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  2. micqu says:

    Exactly. The zombie apocalypse is happeninh right beneath our noses, but we are busy updating our status to see it.
    Well written. xx

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  3. Oh my gosh. This is PERFECT. I sent my Dad the link. He’ll love it too! I love the part where you talk about the ME in Media and I in Social. So well put together. You’re right. All we are doing is scrolling like a bunch of zombies. I’m guilty of that too.

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  4. Miriam says:

    I loved this Paul, all so very true and so poetically and truthfully written. A sad state of affairs that unfortunately most of us are caught up in. But I still like to think we all have the power to choose whether or not we become zombies or not.

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  5. Squid says:

    I was cringing the whole time… That’s a good thing, lol. Certainly made me think about my electronic usage, even though I’ve had these thoughts before. Superbly done, Paul; I didn’t want it to end.

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  6. If only there was a way to travel back in time…

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  7. You must do most of your social media on your phone (“so much power
    in our tiny thumbs”). See? I was reading to see what I could learn about YOU. Paul. 🙂 I do most of my reading/writing on my laptop (partially because I do a lot of it during downtime at work). So now you know! Nice to connect with you this morning. 😀

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    • Paul says:

      Uh oh, I don’t want to burst your bubble but I also do most of my reading/writing on my laptop. If I do use my phone for social media, I just scroll for a few minutes and see if I missed anything important. Hence, the scrolling like zombies..but I guess I do that too on my laptop. Thanks for looking for something to learn about me!

      Like

  8. Mon ☠ says:

    Masterful 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  9. anshurao says:

    Amazing writing!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Wow! Well done. This is true wisdom.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Isabella Simons says:

    Yep. We pay more attention to how many friends it says we have on our screen than how many friends in real life.. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. I’m not quite one of The Walking Dead yet, but my kids would suggest that I’m heading in that in direction—boy if that ain’t the pot calling the kettle black. Gotta admit, though, this post of yours is a little scary, because it’s so spot on about people and social media not being all that social.

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  13. Barb Knowles says:

    Man have you captured social media PERFECTLY. Here’s my ultimate compliment. I’m using this poem in my classes. Crediting you as the poet, of course.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Paul says:

      It’s finally happening! “Barb’s class featuring Paul”. Wow. Thank you! Let me know what they think!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Barb Knowles says:

        Hahaha I never thought of that! We could Skype and all eat pizza. I definitely will. I have to write lesson plans. I can’t just say here’s a cool poem, go read it, lol. I’ll bore you with all the details. You can go back to your high school English teachers and see if they saw this writing talent in your future.

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      • Paul says:

        If I were a teacher I would definitely walk into the class and say “here’s a cool poem, read it” haha. There’s one high school english teacher I’ve kept in touch with over the years. He was a huge inspiration. I always felt like I had the freedom to write anything and not be bound by strict guidelines in his class.

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        That’s wonderful to have had a teacher like that. Remember, my kids are learning English, so they have to get a little help with the vocabulary. But that’s what’s so awesome about your poem. It’s about something that they know about and can relate to.

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      • Paul says:

        Ah, that’s true. I should’ve written a poem about English!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Barb Knowles says:

        Then they wouldn’t have wanted to read it, lol. It’s perfect.

        Liked by 1 person

  14. kruegerannah says:

    This post mad me think about how much i use social media. Made me realize i should probably cut back before i get too addicted. But this was post was Spot on, on what is happening to many of us in this generation. First post i have read from you, and i like it. Thank you for writing this!

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  15. Barb Knowles says:

    It’s here! Scroll Like Zombies Week in Barb’s Class Featuring Paul! I’ll let you know how it goes.

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  16. Val says:

    This is spot on, Paul. Very good. And it’s partly because of the zomboid scrolling on Facebook and the superficiality and unpleasantness of people’s behaviour on the site that I returned to blogging after an absence of a couple of years. I’m so glad to be back.

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