Active Users, poetry by Nigel de Costa at
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Active Users

Active Users

written by: Nigel de Costa


Your small pixelated face
thumbnailed, unexpectedly
blasts in from the past

Golden curls soften facial features
framing that familiar smile – somehow
you’ve made time freeze

Fossilised in bits and bytes,
a simple green dot glows
showing you are still alive

Reaching through the fibre-optics
my hand strokes your hair
pulls you close, my mouth by your ear,

eyes close as I inhale, a deep breath
drawing fresh smiles – memories held
then disconnected as I snap the lid shut

Electrons and photons
are the new ghosts
of those we once loved

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