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Cyberspace
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  Cyberspace
Space is the place where
The heavenly bodies revolve;
Cyberspace is the internet
world where
The human beings evolve
Global communication
techniques.
After the tom tom beat and
pigeon missive,
The horseback courier, airmail
and wireless
Flash now instant messages
On the monitors of home
computers.

Oceans of knowledge, tons of
printed treasure,
Packed in pin head spaces open
to view
Without our straining a sinew!
Oh! The silicon wonder of bits
and bytes!
Surf across the net and get
Latest findings and hottest
news,
Tho' authenticity of a lot is
not warranted!

It's an amazing world of fun:
Brainy teasers, hilarious
cartoons,
Gambling casinos, chatting
cafes,
Bizarre websites, perverse
pictures
Are online pastimes round the
clock.
Masked identities, dropped
inhibitions,
Strange lingo, stranger
etiquette,
Naughty chattings, naughtier
greetings
Are marks of this virtual
world.

Also, hackers with negative
genius
Are up to endless mischief;
Virus, the thief prowls with
stealth
To corrupt wares hard and soft;
The highway teems with cheats
and freaks
Pandering to vices, abetting
heinous crimes,
Leading unsuspecting prey to
devastation.

It's thrilling to be another
Columbus
Sailing through unending seas
Of sites, sites and more sites.
Pride surges within at power
To command knowledge and
information,
To demand service and
recreation-
Too heady a menu hosted
To escape intoxication full and
thorough.

And addiction seems inevitable-
Estranged from the real world,
Alienated from living
creatures,
Living in self-imposed
confinement,
The mouse-potatoes put on
weight,
Are prone to illnesses many,
the statistics say.

Communal sharing via electronic
media
In lieu of physical contact-
Does it bode well for man
Basically a social animal?
Will the computer surpass and
overpower
The human brain that begot it?
Posers worth contemplating-
Problems pressing for prompt
solutions.

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