on gaslighting

I wrote to you
with my concerns and fears
for our collective future
(the children's too)
waited for your reply
I waited for you
to phone or call by
for a discussion
on how we might work it
through
I got your response
woven through my lines
explaining
you'd done everything
you could
I was grateful to be told
everything possible
was possible and was good
if everyone else does everything
that in your opinion they should

~

n.b. Are we employing the wrong people to run things? Why is it us not following their instructions, not them not listening?

Loving being back at work tbh; it’s a gas.

CLP 30/03/2022

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

Ping! This is the email crossing the globe

Bringing a virus and an online fraud

.

Text-rich content, images slowly downloading

Key-board warriors and echo chamber goading

.

Pulling out aggressive pop-ups every time

No escape from a heart-broken ex never offline

.

Past the junk filter and block sender lists

Nonsense from your father who only writes when pissed

.

Consent to accept check boxes for terms and conditions

Please send money after signing charity petitions

.

Then there’s the spam via security compromised friend

Inbox always receiving more than replies you can send

~

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

~

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