Glitch

Lost
between
binaries and algorithms,
it’s where I keep hidden
a part of my heart and mind,
blocked behind
firewalls and encryption keys.

In this
digital abyss,
I can code
my feelings
to what I want them to be.
In truth,
I’ve gotten lost at being free.

I programmed my penance
to admire romance—
instead of risking another chance.
I allow myself to be happy here—
virtual tears are easier to dry.
I can be around anyone—
while constantly being alone.

The person I know I am
and the person I programmed
are two separate source codes.
An [ERROR] occurred in
who I think I am
and what I can be
a glitch in my augmented reality.

14 Comments

  1. Wow!! I never imagined reading coding and romantic poetry in one piece, this was brilliantly done, John. I love how your mind goes into these places to bring all this.

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  2. Whoa… brilliant. These lines: “I programmed my penance / to admire romance— / instead of risking another chance.” and “I can be around anyone— / while constantly being alone.” This sums up much of life these days for many of us. It’s easier to control in some ways and thus easier to connect… albeit within a possible illusion (although, what is reality? ;)). Kudos, on the lovely work. 🙏🌻

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