Friday 10 February 2012

Friends Without Faces

We sit and we type, and we stare at our screens,
We all have to wonder, what this possibly means.

With our mouses we roam, through the rooms in a maze,
Looking for something or someone, as we sit in a daze.

We chat with each other, we type out our woes,
Small groups we do form, and gang up on foes.

We wait for someone, to type out our name
We want recognition, but it's always the same !

We give kisses and hugs and sometimes we flirt,
In DMs we feel deeply, and reveal why we hurt !

It's true we form friendships, but why, we don't know.
Though some of these friendships, will flourish and grow !

Why is it on screen, that we are so bold ?
Telling our secrets, that have never been told.

Why is we share, the thoughts in our mind,
With those we can't see, as though we were blind ?

The answer is simple, it is as clear as a bell !
We all have our problems, and need someone to tell !

We can't tell 'real' people, but tell someone we must !
So we turn to the 'puter', and those that we trust !

Even though it is crazy, the truth still remains,
They are Friends Without Faces and Odd Little Names !

Poet - Tom Teague


Patricia Singleton said...

Thanks for being one of my "friends without faces." Trust is easier when you can't see how the persoon is possibly judging you. Most of the time they aren't. We just imagine that they are.

When their words come back to us without any hint of the judging that we do with ourselves, then we breathe a sign of relief. It means we are okay afterall.

Funny, how we expect others to judge us the way we judge ourselves. We are our own worst judge. Nobody does it like we do to ourselves.

Ease up on yourself. Most of our "sins" we do because we don't know better. When we know better, we do better. This is especially true for those of us who were groomed and abused as children. That is why forgiveness of self is so important to healing. When you forgive yourself, then loving yourself can start.

Ark of Hope For Children said...

Jan, that is so perfect and so true! It has been 20 years since I found the internet.. before they even called it that. Yes, there was already plenty of "ugly" stuff going on everywhere. But there was something else as well. In the quiet corners, there were those who were vulnerable, those hoping and praying they will find someone they can trust... someone like themselves that will REALLY care. These people didn't make fake identities like so many; what they did is take off the mask when they turned on the computer. These people were real, searching for hope in faceless people. I have dedicated myself to being that "hope" because when I went through my darkest moments of severe depression, it was my 3 young kids, and online friends that pulled me back from giving up. The unmasked faceless people I have been blessed to get to know from the inside. No biased, just real; no phoniness but true heart. God bless you brother and I SO NEED THE PICTURE YOU HAVE ON THIS POST! Blair Corbett - Ark of Hope for Children

Tom Teague said...

The Poem of "Friends Without Faces" was written in 1995. The shown version is slightly different than the original but the message is the same. The poem was written by a man who felt very alone in the world but found friendship in chat rooms. Those faceless friends were ones he could talk to, confide in, and share feelings. From time to time I roam the internet to see if any web sights have added this poem and much to mhy pleasure I generally find some new ones.
I am truely amazed that after 17 years that it continues to appear. I do know the background on this poem because I am the person who wrote it. Thank you for posting it.
Tom Teague

Beyond Survivor said...

Hi Tom! I'm so pleased you've come to claim your work!!!

I love it and so do many others. I was there too, some 15-18 years ago. My only solace those faceless friends.

I hope that in the years since then you have found happiness and joy in your life and that your friends mosly have faces these days.

I'd be proud to be one of your friends without faces though!


jrep77 said...

So sorry that you had to endure such abuse. The poem is beautiful. May God bless you on the rest of your life's journey.

Anonymous said...

U said it perfectly. Thank u so much. :)


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