#TikTok Drain #Poetry!

I haven’t penned a poem for a while, but something inspired me today, and here it is… on TikTok, for you. If you are a Tiktoker, do follow me on there, otherwise, just enjoy my poetic musings!

I’ve found another wormhole
Another drain on my time
I can’t believe it’s happened
So I thought I’d write a rhyme

Those kids, they made me do it
Said, go on Mum, it’ll be fun
So I logged in, started scrolling
And slowly I became one

One of those Tiktokers
Lip synching to silly sounds
Trying to match the dance moves
On the trending clips I found

But, back then in lockdown
I kept my privacy
Only sharing videos
With those I trust, you see.

Then life got hectic, so I stopped
Deleted my account
Until the call for Booktok
Grew loud, there was no doubt

Time for me to jump back on
And do it for my book
For a way to get promotion
New readers I could hook

I started out pretty well
A couple of cute videos
Followed some other authors
and booktokers that I chose

Then I started to scroll again
FYP calling me
Silly sounds and dances
But something more, you see

I found all sorts of communities
Browntok, queertok, cooktok
Watching listening learning
Snippet clips that really rock

I learned how knowledgeable people are
But also just how biased
I saw how creators responded
They didn’t sit there all quiet

One video led to another
And soon an hour passed
Jeez, I could have written words
I hold my phone, aghast

Tiktok, I do love you so
But you’re taking me away
From the very reason I’m here
TO write, not watch and play!

And, an aside, those kids 
I mentioned before
They tell me I’m too old for this
Well, that I will ignore

I find myself peppering my daily life
With the latest trending sounds
A little dance here, a soundbite there
While my kids try to shut me down

Because, although it is a drain
A little Tiktok fun
And getting some more followers
Is grand… will you become one?

(Tiktok obsessed) Ritu 2022


40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kindredspirit23
    Apr 20, 2022 @ 17:14:21

    Was so good seeing your name in my blog. I have lost touch over the last 2 years with nearly everyone. It’s nice to reconnect. I enjoyed your work here. The Poem was one of the styles I enjoy reading. Really good to hear from you.
    Scott

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  2. thereluctantpoet
    Apr 19, 2022 @ 16:18:21

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

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  3. funkyreader
    Apr 19, 2022 @ 14:02:01

    This is awesome! I totally get sucked into TikTok also. And then of course, they show you more of that same content that took your interest. I see lots of babies!

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  4. pranabaxom
    Apr 19, 2022 @ 03:57:41

    Ritu, I love it, love it, love it. What a play on words.

    Now when will I see those fantastic belly dance moves on tiktok? Oh, just remembered, I don’t have an account? A private performance perhaps? Life is still standing at 45😂.
    Sweating out my holidays in India. Cancelled my trip to Delhi as Covid seems to have reared its head again.
    Stay safe and take care.

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  5. Jennie
    Apr 19, 2022 @ 01:36:45

    Well done, Ritu!

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  6. beth
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 23:18:53

    sounds fun, and I love your rhymes.

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  7. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 20:49:00

    I am fully with Annette, Sis! You are rocking TikTok! Keep on, like Kevin (https://kmorrispoet.com/) is doing too. 🙂 xx Michael

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  8. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 20:43:23

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  9. Words on Paper
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 19:10:45

    I shall be checking out Booktok!

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  10. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 17:49:38

    You Rock Tik Tok! ❤

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  11. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 17:38:15

    LOL, Sis! Bravo… the written word still makes me happiest of all! ❤

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  12. willowdot21
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 17:06:45

    Brilliant Sis you just amaze me 💜

    Liked by 1 person

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  13. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 16:23:43

    Bit of fun! I have to admit I enjoy tiktok! Lol

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  14. Darlene
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 15:55:19

    Cute!!

    Liked by 1 person

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