The Stuff We Say On Twitter

Be wary of the limit
To keep it brief and clever
Two hundred eighty characters
For the stuff we say on Twitter

Politics, sports, showbiz, love
Whatever you desire
Boundless is the fodder for
The stuff we say on Twitter

How much further can you go?
Compare your boss to Hitler
He has no account to see
The stuff we say on Twitter

Calling out is cathartic
An outlet for your anger
Relieve yourself with fighting words
Through the stuff we say on Twitter

Say it to another’s face
An act you will do never
But common courtesy is lost
With the stuff we say on Twitter

You claim it’s for free expression
And the social change you’ll foster
To justify unkindness of
The stuff we say on Twitter

Pour forth likes and comments
Retweets from sites like Rappler
Pleased that others seem impressed
By the stuff we say on Twitter

This sudden popularity
Can’t help but make you wonder
Public image can be crafted
From the stuff we say on Twitter?

Other people’s feelings
Should you even bother?
Raise yourself at their expense
Through the stuff we say on Twitter

In the past those dreadful days
When you thought yourself a loser
Makes you very grateful for
The stuff we say on Twitter

Reach out to your followers
Alas you will discover
Few of them seem to recall
The stuff we say on Twitter

Eventually your words will be
Supplanted by the newer
Sidelined to oblivion
The stuff we say on Twitter

Not for those that were maligned
By words so harsh and bitter
Well embedded in their minds
The stuff we say on Twitter

Tragic is the fallout from
A thing that shouldn’t matter.
Grudges sowed, bridges burned
For the stuff we say on Twitter

What about the benefits?
They barely even linger
Unlike the spite engendered by
The stuff we say on Twitter

Diamonds were once lauded as
The zenith of forever
That label moved with infamy
To the stuff we say on Twitter