Lockdown, kids, school, bullying…
all fading away now as I listen to your
wise words, your tone steeped in kindness, experience and love,
as you tell me I am doing everything I can
to keep everything balanced –
all these plate-spun needs
crashing down in a pile of sad children
and distant partner, (and cat that still needs to go to the vet)
and am I thinking about my own needs, my own self?
Your friendship saturates this digital space
between us – the space hollowed out between
me and you, and you, and you – without these electrical signals,
these sound waves,
how alone would all of us be feeling, now?
I put out the distress call
and like a bat emoji in the sky
you see how much I need you.
And you call
and you say ‘Hi! How are you?’