Friday, July 19, 2013

Better Than Netflix




We were comforted by the lines we weaved
in our virtual world we were all we needed

each other to be. No glaring headlights not even flashlights
flickering on freckles or flab flashed on the screen no

warning that closing credits would roll soon.
No curtains drawn in our private theater.





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28 comments:

  1. I love those opening lines! Excellent work =)

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  2. I've seen that movie too, and I still liked it, despite the ending.

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  3. interesting....the virtual world is delightful and scary as it made me think of love over the internet and the words become easy to hide behind and be everything the other ever wanted...the not seeing the freckle and flab...the blemishes is a double edged sword...as you wonder how much we ever really know someone...and then emotions become involved, with a fantasy...that may be much different from reality...

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  4. Yes and I often think how cyber hookups are in ways no different than the risky behavior some play out in bars or on a club floor. We have no shortage of ways of hiding. The Internet has simply upped the ante. I remember the early days of onlne chatrooms and I witnessed romance bloom on forums. Not all of them ended up horror flicks. Still, caution and common sense are still required.

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    1. I met someone on a lesbian poetry forum back in the day, and we took it to the real world. The day we met face to face for the first time was one the best days of my life. Perrrrfect!

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    2. PS--I should add that I met someone else a couple of years later, through blogging, and that was one of the WORST experiences of my life.

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    3. Don't I know, girl, both days. The best one is thriving, real. I'm living the best days of my life. Blasted poets. ((sigh))

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  5. "NO curtains drawn in out private theater", that is one perfect line and brings to mind such a cozy, intimately dark place where you sit entwined.

    Life is better than Netflix, most of the time.

    what a beautiful way to weave a story.

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    1. My mind always misspells even when I know better. There is level of complexity inherent in virtual relationships that I think many of the early explorers hadn't considered but how could they? It was new and exciting.

      Thanks for weighing in.

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  6. No curtains drawn in our private theater

    This is classic, La Tonya! That's right! It's really up to us. We choose when to start and when to finish! Nicely!

    Hank

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  7. It i good that our private theater has no closings. The show continues to go on....

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  8. Love, love :) (Love this too!!!) ~~ Play it for real as it all comes out.
    When it does come out and shows wrong it could be the end. ;)
    ..

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    1. :) My poem's meeting started wrong and ended right?
      Thank you for coming today and for your nice comment.
      ..

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  9. This virtual world holds many mysteries, many temptations... sometimes the curtain must close, if only to keep one's sanity/relationships/world intact. Very moving poem, LaTonya. Have a nice Toady, I mean today, hee hee Amy

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    1. Girl, don't you know I know. All these years and I still lack balance.

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  10. this is when i start thinking about the neighbors dragging their lawn chairs over to our yard with their popcorn to watch what's going on in our house. wait, oh, that's something different. :)

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  11. I enjoyed your poem and the resulting conversation. Especially resonated with your closing line.

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  12. People are always watching us perform in the flesh or on the screen...and love how you ended it "no curtains drawn in our private theater"

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    1. Sherry and Susie, interesting to hear how readers interpret this one and the closing line in particular. Glad to hear it speaks to you.

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  13. "in our virtual world we were all we needed each other to be"
    Very well put. And I, also, like the ending.
    K

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  14. Interesting. One can use the anonymity of cyberspace to project a crafted image. For some, it feels more comfortable to be in the shadows and allows a more genuine unfolding.

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    1. I think there is an inherent challenge not to confuse our own perception of persona and who we are. We always have an opportunity to be genuine. I choose to believe most of us want to be and I get why we sometimes hide. Thanks for weighing in.

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  15. I love your poem and the private theater needs to be private
    when we choose!
    Bravo

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  16. Great poem! Isolated virtually and the camera is always on? or finally a space I can always control,
    at least the part where I perform myself? The possibilities, some negative and some positive, make this poem a great looking glass.

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  17. I agree that the internet is an incredible way to meet people - as you say, with caution and consideration. I have been so fortunate in the wonderful friendships I have made long distance and if friendship, why not love too? I surely believe the possibility remains to make real connections.

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