What is this anymore?
I caught on to using
This notion of an app
Because it appeared to
Be the freedom to express
Your ideas. In words.
In pictures. In dialogue.
In the art of it all. That
Was back then though.
Now, ah now, it seems
Skewed. More advertising
Than intellectual thought.
Less art, more frivolous
Face shots. Travel pictures
Where the actual beauty
Of the destination is blocked
By the same monotonous
Shots of you and your
Colleagues doing tedious
Poses bereft of art, drama,
Or style. Everyone is branding
Themselves. Selling themselves
To a public, in gain of what.
Followers. Likes. Those are nice.
When done by real people. Liked
For the sincerity of the caption
Or image and not merely for
Eye candy or following whatever
Wave of fame you fancy. Some
Of my real friends, who I know
In real life, don't even appear real
To me anymore. They've stripped
Themselves of the bare emotions
And quirky eccentricities.
Replaced them with headshots,
And single phrase hyperbole, and
Self advertising to become less
Of a person and more of a vehicle
For their own ego and greed. Not
Everyone of course, but there are
Far more empty vessels now than
When it was a vibrant landscape
Of ideas and dreams. And I, I'm
Stubborm, I should have ended
Using this platform long ago.
I post no dribble that makes
The masses satiate. I write too
Long, too thoughtful, too raw,
Too sincere. My pictures are too
Quirky, too serene, too idyllic.
And also, I'm a man who does
Not wish to shed his clothes
Or show off my physique to
Garner interest in my character.
That makes me a failed brand
Really but dammit it's too fun
To live the life I've been stating
And showing for years and not
The idea of what I should bill
Myself to attain more active
Followers. It's a diary after all.
Too bad it's less genuine or
Avant garde now than it was