Incoming Email (after WH Auden’s ‘Night Mail’)

Ping! This is the email crossing the globe

Bringing a virus and an online fraud

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Text-rich content, images slowly downloading

Key-board warriors and echo chamber goading

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Pulling out aggressive pop-ups every time

No escape from a heart-broken ex never offline

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Past the junk filter and block sender lists

Nonsense from your father who only writes when pissed

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Consent to accept check boxes for terms and conditions

Please send money after signing charity petitions

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Then there’s the spam via security compromised friend

Inbox always receiving more than replies you can send

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n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Twenty Three answer back / respond to a poem. Does this count? WH Auden’s Night Mail.

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CLP 23/04/2021 (Shakespeare will be spinning in his grave).

Distant Relations

Communication

Lines stretch over sea and land

Lost messages break hearts

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CLP