The Archaeologists of the Internet

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So, April is National Poetry Writing Month. The idea is to write a poem every day, which has so far produced quite a lot of rubbish. Its going well though in the sense that is forced me to come up with some new ideas and finally do something with the old ones. The one’s I’m happier with I’ll edit a bit and stick up here, starting with this one from the first day.

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We are the Archaeologists of the Internet.
We came, after,
and dug up what was left.

Here, for instance, are the remains of a facebook page
one of many unearthed over the last decade.
We estimate that it comes from the pre-doge era,
judging by the number of grumpy-cat memes.
Some of the posts are extremely frape-damaged,
but we can see a great many ‘thumbs-up’ markings
which we think have something to do with ancient roman practice of gladiatorial combat.
Whether this particular post’s owner survived the gruelling ritual
history does not tell us.

We are the Archaeologists of the Internet.

This particular find is very exciting,
found in the ruins of tumblr:
the remains of a real life internet troll!
Our records suggest that these were majestic,
fire-breathing creatures that roamed the internet
with such cries as ‘stfu’, ‘f1rst p0st!’ and ‘yoloswag’.

We are the Archaeologists of the Internet.
We came, after,
and dug up what was left.
Bits of blog, fragments of fanfiction,
and tweets.

Now, here we have the most precious item in our collection.
We believe this to have been part of a holy site,
to which pilgrims would travel from all across the internet
in order to worship their sacred animal,
the Lolcat.
In this respect the denizsens of the internet were much like those of ancient Egypt,
except they revered these creatures for their ability to fall over in adorable ways and climb in and out of boxes,
rather than their majesty or their wisdom.

We are the Archaeologists of the Internet.
We came, after,
and dug up what was left.
Bits of blog, fragments of fanfiction.
For the knowledge of mankind,
for posterity,
but mostly for teh lolz.

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Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons. Photographer: HeritageDaily.

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