by Kevin Ridgeway

I have yet to respond to the friend request
I received yesterday from an old school pal
we lost far too soon. I am thinking about it
and have decided to honor my friend’s request
to see if it is really them, back from the dead
and taking selfies with their smiling head
photoshopped onto other peoples’
live bodies in a crude manner.
But I still lie to myself, blind and
dangerous in my unprocessed grief
as unknown feelings eat me alive.
People will get tons of friend requests
from me in an effort to comfort people
with the lies we tell when eternity knocks
on the door with a digital immortality
that many people say is to die for.