February 5th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Cyber-neighbors

After dropping off my daughter at her dorm so she could study for a chem midterm, I had the opportunity to meet Linda Papanicolaou, the editor of Haigaonline and a member of the CinquainPoets group ( along with some other short poetry groups I belong to) at the UCSC Arboretum. We walked around, admired the South African Proteus plants, and talked about haiku. Afterwards, we adjourned to the Santa Cruz Wharf where we chatted some more about poetry over clam chowder, as sea lions barked in the background.

It’s fun to meet the people we come to know online. It's also very odd that sometimes we come to know some of these cybernames almost better than our next door neighbors. It seems like the idea of a physical community of people living near each other is being overtaken by the idea of cybercommunities where the cyberneighbors are those who dwell near you in the same e-mail lists or LJ friends' lists or message boards...

loaning flour
to the next door neighbor
we bake a poem