I had this urge to write a poem about hyperlinks for Digital Writing Month. You know, hyperlinks are the most powerful feature of the Web, in my opinion, for the ways they can connect texts and ideas together, and we often take the hyperlink for granted. But it is a powerful idea that allowed content on the Web to become … well, the Web, and not just some assorted random content.
I embed; you interact.
I’m the link inside the seam
with the power to attract
this idea to that idea and then off again to the next -
I’m underlined and powerful
sitting here inside this text.
You might think me odd
as I transport you from your spot -
an elevator shaft of movement
in associative thought.
But take a breath and look around
and see where you have landed
and tell me, reader of this link,
if you are not now standing
deep inside the chamber
of some other writer’s mind
which is where you needed to find yourself
after a bit of time, so …
You can also listen to the podcast version of the poem:
Peace (in the poem),