Digital Captivity (Poem)

You were the blue screen that illuminated my dull life.

I didn’t think you could send so much damage.

Looking into your eyes burned my pupils.

Speaking to you made me deaf to the warning alerts-

incessantly trying to stop me from falling for you.

Finally, I revised my actions and found my error.

I tried to delete you from my life,

but that didn’t work.

You came back on various other platforms.

I tried to turn off our connection,
but you found out how to hack yourself back into my heart

and clicked it back on.

I wish I only knew the cheat code

to reverse the past.

You made yourself a key-

something essential to keeping my keyboard whole and functional.

I tried to fix it.
I tried

I tried
and I tried-

Until I gave up

and logged off

and stood up

and finally started living.

~Ashley O’Hare

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