She was the star of the day
People thought of her only
She always wanted attention
And she was never lonely.
But when her eyes got closed,
She could cherish this moment forever.
As all heads turned her way
In her funeral procession, with the bier
The seven thousand followers from Facebook were not there.
Nor were the five thousand followers from Instagram present.
~ Maliha Iqbal
Note- The poem talks about the inner loneliness people face while they have thousand of friends and followers on social media. It’s also noted remarkably in many surveys that people who are more active on social media, feel great loneliness in real life.
* The photo above is borrowed from the internet owing full credit to the original creator/owner.
Author’s Bio – Maliha Iqbal lives in Aligarh, India, and likes to write stories, personal essays and poems that reflect the sensibilities of everyday life. She is also a keen observer of human relationships. Many of her short stories, write-ups and poems have been published in magazines like Livewire, Creativity Webzine, Countercurrents, Freedom Review and Indian Periodical.
Ravi is basically a Teacher and Reader. He loves to read interesting and thought-provoking books. On an average, he reads 80 to 90 books per year. He is much into realistic, political, historical and philosophical works, but occasionally he likes to read Poems, Short-stories, Fantasy and Romance. His other hobbies are Singing, Photography, Movies, and Travelling. Ravi started his writing by writing poems and book-reviews and he has written more than one hundred fifty poems in English and more than three hundred book reviews; some of his poems have been published in various online journals like : Indian Periodical, Mad Swirl, Borderless; in Print, his poems have been published in Oxigle Media Publications’ anthology “Whisper of Hearts” and Evincepub Publications’ anthology “Rubaroo”. One of his Short-stories has been published in TheUNIverse Journal and one of his articles has been published in Indian Periodical. Ravi has also published his collection of Hindi Poems “Vo Baat Un Dino Ki Thi” on Amazon Kindle.
Ravi is planning to publish his collection of short-stories and poems in near future, and working on his first novel right now.