The fog of ignorance lies heavy on the land.
Swirling mists of prejudice, dense in places,
Dissipated here and there by pin pricks of wisdom.
Our virtual world alive with chatter,
Twittertwatter, Googledegock and Tumbletalk
Opinions burst like bubbles in the ether.
Connected now across the world,
We see and hear this cyber chatter
Wonder at the noise of millions,
Liking some and hating others,
We stand aghast at the cacophony of comments.
Assaulting our cosy consciousness?
This digital gestalt threatens our stability
Dare we add to this world of cyber banter?
Reaping barbs from scribbling Trolls!
Yet somehow storms of digital opinions,
Swirling winds of views and judgements,
Interspersed by moments of consternation;
Consideration of another view;
Might just blow away some clouds of ignorance,
And lift the fog of prejudice that sits so low.
I am a retired entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.