rings false to ears I adore
and dangles in the ethernet,
flaccid — like my dignity.
I caught him on a pragmatic day
when he is nothing but my antithesis,
so we hunt-and-peck
to dissect my intention.
Tomorrow he might find he loves me
and add more exes and ohs to his reply.
For now, I type what I meant to say
was have a nice day.
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Image: Woman with Long Hair, Man Ray, 1929
Words ©2013, Jen Payne