I Am Facebook

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Feeding your flesh
I puff you up
with likes and comments
till you can’t get enough.
An hour wasted
scrolling your feed-
While spouse or children
wait in need
of your attention,
your affection,
face to face conversation
without internet connection.
I cause daughters and sons
to take their lives
because one of their peers posted lies.
With words I wage war-
causing confusion,
stirring up division.
How easy to spar
with the press of a key
when you disagree-
It’s somehow easier
behind a screen.
You compare. You covet.
You intentionally offend.
You unfollow and unfriend.
A digital damnation
When will it end?
I lure and entice
with each notification.
I am Facebook-
How I love your addiction.

-Debbie Neal Crawford