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The New Neighborhood
by Rusty Daily
Saturday, January 06, 2007
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Everyone has their take on internet relationships and how it has expanded our world. A few months ago, Mary Nagy and I wrote this poem. By the way, do yourself a favor, log on to and read some of her work.

The New Neighborhood Co-written by Rusty Daily and Mary Nagy

  What leads us
to those from
opposite sides of the world
and places them
front and center
in our lives?

a world where friends are chosen
by keyboard characters
designing a persona.
Personalities are on display.
Pick and choose.
It's like having a pretend friend
to fill those spots
of loneliness.

Are Internet friends
taking the place
of those long lost
imaginary friends
we were told to say goodbye to
years ago?

Do we grasp at kind,
caring words
in a virtual world?
What is lacking in ours
that makes us nurture that thread
that binds us together
strengthening it with confessions
and secrets bravely told
behind the Internet veil.
What do we fear we will lose
if that thread breaks?
A friend?
A possible soulmate?
Do we fear the door
to friendship will disappear
and never be opened again?

The technological world
has opened up
and given birth
to make these friends real.
It's the new neighborhood,
free of ethnicity,
class and six square blocks
of territorial safety.

Through lines of high speed connections
you are able to rub elbows,
hearts and souls with people
of all walks of life.
You can have coffee
with your friend in Africa
without leaving your home in America.

And the best part.....
there is no dress code
in fact...clothes are optional!

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Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 1/10/2007
I enjoyed this tremendously.. I too have made some fine Internet friends and cherish them greatly.

Reviewed by J M 1/7/2007
Thank you for posting this one Rusty!
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 1/7/2007
the good, the bad and the ugly! fortunately, you guys don't have to see me on my ugly days!

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 1/6/2007
loved this write...I love having Internet friends I can chat with them with bed head, pj's, or dressed for work. I can chat with them from work, night, day, from home, laptop or desktop. It is a casual friendship of people with the same don't replace those friends that we go to church with or work with only enhances one's life with a more divers group of people whom we can learn much from and share much with....I think internet friends are great!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/6/2007
This is well done...and I must say I have more "friends" on the internet than I ever coulda dreamed off!!

Thanks for sharing your friend Rusty!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/6/2007
A great job capturing this new way of reaching out to touch someone...

Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 1/6/2007
So true as I still sit here in me jammies! HA!
Loved it!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/6/2007
so very true-good job
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 1/6/2007
Great work
Reviewed by Michael Mathieu 1/6/2007
You guys did a great job.So true point,click,enter.
Friends always miles away.
Loved it,
Reviewed by CJ Heck 1/6/2007
How did I miss this gem by you two, Rusty-friend? This is exceptional and, sadly, way too true ... this is very well done, a real pearl.
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