Social Media, Poetry and Plagiarism

A strange thing happened last week, a short, and I do mean short, poem was basically plagiarized. When I first found out I thought it was kind of funny, I mean here I am, not one of the greatest poets in the world, in fact I’ve only been dabbling in writing poems just the last couple of years. Heck, truth be told, I’m not all that great of a writer. All I do is try to put words down on paper and see where they lead me. I’ve tried creative nonfiction, fiction, essay, blogging as well as poetry, and although I sometimes get a nice comment or two, my writing is not going to change the world. So to have my short, little poem, that I posted on Twitter to be stolen by another Twitter user, well I have to wonder if they were either desperate or drunk. What is really funny is that my original post only garnered me a few likes and a couple of retweet’s, while this persons reposting of my work garnered them hundreds of likes and retweets. So, the good news is that someone liked my poem, it would have just been nice to get the credit but then again, what have I really lost? Just a few words sent out into the ether we call social media, a wilderness as deep and wild as any real wilderness that we might wander through. It will not stop me from writing, I will still post my little poems and musings and if someone out there is moved enough to want to use what I write as their own, then I hope at least they will thank me. By the way, here is that little poem I wrote, it’s not much, but it is mine, enjoy.

Poetry

is the song

of my heart

whispering

in the silence.

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