Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

The Changeling's Lament

So "The Changeling's Lament" has gone a bit viral.

No, really.

I have been hearing from various people that it's being spoken of and reposted, that people are talking about it. And I am surprised at this as much as I'm loving it - this poem is so personal that I had no assurance, when I sent it out into the world, that anyone else would really identify with and connect to it.

So I have a Google Alert on my name, to see where my stuff gets mentioned and reviewed, and... it kind of exploded.

I saw it show up on Tumblr first; hundreds of reblogs, with several points of origin. I was baffled at sindrian over this, because I don't know Tumblr well, but does this happen? Do poems go viral there?

Is hundreds not viral enough?

Because I have started to get comments on the workblog from people who found the poem via StumbleUpon, so I looked at StumbleUpon, and you guys, my poem has 77,000 hits via StumbleUpon.

This is when I just started wandering around the house going "what is this I don't even."

People are posting about it on their blogs, remixing it with different pictures of the destructive beauty-industrial complex. People are discussing it in comments. I'm not going to sit here and link stuff all afternoon, you can google it and see.

I mean, does this happen? Does this happen all the time and none of the cool poets told me? Because I feel like I am living in an alternate universe here.

I still don't know quite how to handle this. There's just a lot of "are you serious that this is happening?" I am baffled. I am confused.

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