To my comment box (and the people who use it)

27 Jun

To my comment box (and the people who use it)

Your presence rains on my isolation.
Your encouragement stimulates growth.
Your dissent rakes through hard-baked thinking.
Your creativity fertilizes understanding.
Your logic stakes rambling intuition.
Your new paradigm hybrids my viewpoint.

Though I must fence you against the weeds of spam
and prune vulgarity, meanness
with word verification and moderation
I would never root you out
for the sunshine of your humour
the nurture of your kindness, wisdom and wit
yield a harvest of friendship and community.

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly


This poem is submitted in response to “Writing Poems in Your Own Back Yard” – a challenge by Marcus Goodyear on Books and Culture – a Christian Review to:

“Write a poem about cultivation. When I talk about cultivation, I mean agriculture but also creativity and culture itself. I am talking about the little place in your world where you have been given a small plot to grow new things and add to the beauty of God’s world.”


Posted by on June 27, 2011 in People, Personal


6 responses to “To my comment box (and the people who use it)

  1. Maureen

    June 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Well-done, Violet! Both fun and wise.


  2. L.L. Barkat

    June 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Fun! I like that maybe I am a dandelion. 🙂


  3. vnesdoly

    June 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Thanks so much, Maureen and L.L. I’ve read both of your poems for this challenge — so good.

    L.L. – you wrote a sestina, I believe. Sestinas impress the socks off me– as do your well-written Shadorma(s), Maureen.


  4. Connie Mace@raise your eyes

    July 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm


    I’m always in awe of your incredible wit and creativity. Whenever I treat myself and buy a coffee drink, I always remember the beat of:

    “I feel the press
    I need the perc
    I have the grounds
    and think I’ve urned
    a dark-roast brew
    and now will break
    with you and cake.”


  5. violet

    July 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Connie, thank you so much!! (No wonder I’m ode-ing the lowly comment box with people like you depositing encouragement in mine:)


  6. Marcus Goodyear

    July 16, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ode to the comment box before! I always think of odes as elegaic poems written to people or objects that can’t respond. Yet the comment box does respond in a way. In fact, in leaving a comment here, I almost make myself part of the poem’s focus.

    As for the poem itself, I like how you claim the language of social media for poetry in these lines:

    I must fence you against the weeds of spam
    and prune vulgarity, meanness
    with word verification and moderation

    Thank you for sharing your poetry with Books and Culture.



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