An Online Friend Dies Somewhere Outside the Internet

Raoul Fernandes

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Freezes, goes blue screen, shuts down. Dead pixel, dark.

Ghost echoes, lossy in the source code. Time zones away,

people who have actually shaken hands with my online friend

stand around a box of his remains. I'm left to click through data,

two-dimensional and without decay, in multiple windows.

 

Close all until I'm left by the one that renders birds, sky,

and keep-moving-nothing-to-see-here clouds. Nothing

to see here. I go for a walk to the edge of town, daydream

a closed-loop whirlwind in a field of tall grass.

Cast a rock into the dark old sea.

Raoul Fernandes, "AN ONLINE FRIEND DIES SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE THE INTERNET" from Transmitter and Receiver. Copyright © 2015 by Raoul Fernandes. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Source: Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions, 2015)