I cannot help but notice how these days
Self-promotion has become easier in many ways
So the talents that we had were meant to be showcased
Before close friends and family, often based
On the context and occasion, employed strategically
To garner praise, or arouse envy specifically-
Now there is a smattering of our “talents” for all to see
On social media, to boost our self-esteems for free..
Most of us are guilty at some point or another
Of checking our profiles after posting with fervor
To see how many likes and comments we receive
We feel validated, we are admired we believe…
I suspect most of us would never be able to
Boast of our achievements the way we do
Out loud in front of an audience
But facebook gives us the confidence
To publicize, promote, self-aggrandize
While posting we do not even realize
That fifteen years ago we would not have dreamt
That showing off would become such a big trend..
Pardon me if the tone of this verse is too sanctimonious
Let me check the number of likes on my post ostentatious!