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Dear Reader

A Grateful Sonnet

By D. J. ReddallPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
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Given how coveted attention is

In this mad, distracted, impatient world

In which a like means much more than a kiss

When something carefully written is hurled

Into the grey, seething, virtual void

And you deign to touch it with your bright eyes

Only a rank ingrate would be annoyed;

Infinite diversions, your move defies

A vast and complex machine conspires

To freeze your eyeballs and keep them transfixed

Upon one of a trillion pixel fires

But with my small words, your mind is now mixed

Humbly, we ought to thank those who will read;

Time and attention, our words sorely need


About the Creator

D. J. Reddall

I write because my time is limited and my imagination is not.

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  • Patrick M. Ohana2 months ago

    Congrats on a fine sonnet and Top Story!

  • Christy Munson2 months ago

    I love your comment in the About the Creator blurb. Time is limited and our imagination is not! Beautifully said. Congratulations on TS! Loved your sonnet.

  • Aman Amine2 months ago

    very top

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  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Kendall Defoe 2 months ago

    You're welcome!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This is wonderful. It's really a great feeling when people what to see the words that fall out of our heads. Well done and congrats on the TS.

  • You really capture the deep feeling of both gratitude and being seen as a writer. I've also thought the writer/reader connection is a profound one especially now with this "grey, seething, virtual void". You really nailed the feeling of throwing a poem out into some abyss. And I loved the eye pictures! Great job and congrats on the Top Story!!

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    They sure do. And the thing is there is so much to read. I try not to think about what I've not read as it upsets me. So much I won't ever read...

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    I love this! It perfectly expresses the gratitude a writer can't help but feel whenever someone clicks on their piece. Especially, as you mentioned, with so much on the internet fighting to grab everyone's attention these days in every which way. Wonderful piece! Thank you so much for writing and sharing this!

  • Antonella Rustica2 months ago

    Excellent work

  • Beautiful!

  • And I'm thankful to you and other writers for giving me stuff to read!

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