A Faceless Room


Screens as far as you’re willing to see–

That’s all that’s important for everyone but me.

 

Technology is everywhere, it’s bending all our necks

our lives are full of Facebook, of tweeting, and of texts.

 

White lights beaming, illuminating, frustrating

In “awkward” situations pacifying and placating

 

Put it away. Put it somewhere–your back pocket.

Close the tab, hit the home button, make the screen go black and lock it

 

Technology destroys us, it empowers us, divides us

Nearsightedness consumes us, it numbs us, misguides us

 

If I am in a room with you, I expect to hear your voice

You do not have to be on-screen, no, therein lies your choice

 

In a room full of people, I only see blank faces

Surfing around on the internet, away in far-off places

 

A faceless room filled with empty joy

An entire existence dependent on a toy

 

-Lindsey LaBrie

United, Divided


Look for the vast diversity

on the faces of the university

A globally represented community

consisting of 25,000 and me

 

Unite through Husker fandom,

sing “Hail Varsity” in tandem,

making waves without an ocean;

one drop sent into motion

 

One letter, N, unites us

One petty thing divides us:

 

Implicit discrimination

which seems to sweep the nation

is present in this house of learning,

the fires of rage are openly burning

 

the sideways glances,

the passive stances,

the fat jokes,

the frat jokes,

the “no means yes”es

and the “look at her dress”es

 

carrying pepper spray at night

preparing to put up a fight

always looking behind,

keeping vulnerabilities aligned

 

Because “boys will be boys”

and girls are just “toys”

see the hatred unfold

‘neath the scarlet blindfold

 

Open your heart and you will see

that this is bigger than you or me

Fight for my rights; I’ll fight for yours

even if we come from different shores

And if we be from the same nation,

then I will make the same proclamation:

 

Humanity unites us all;

united, we stand

divided, we fall

 

Lindsey LaBrie