Are You Real?

A Poem

Jonathan Greene
Jan 15 · 2 min read
Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

It’s a testament to modern culture
that I can be so hopeful
based on some messages
on a tiny screen
from someone I can’t verify
I literally don’t know if you exist
or if you are just another pleasure bot
or a hybrid algorithm
designed to tell me everything I want to hear

It’s nice though,
the way you talk to me
and ask me questions
like people used to do
before the Internet interchanged our voiceboxes
for tapping fingers
and melted our brains down
to puddles of insta-moments in time

You don’t know me,
but I feel like you know me
and I, in turn, know you
a stranger on an app
with a plethora of overlapping interests
and a hotbed of intellectual curiosity
Maybe you are a bot
and with my track record
for initial misjudgments and miscalculations
this might be better

You type long and responsive notes to me
Ones that I have to answer with the same fervor
And every time I think we have said too much,
we go for more and it’s overflowing
with thought patterns and interludes
of a long lost conversation
One that was lost inside the grabby hands of technology

We haven’t spoken and we haven’t met
and only time will tell if we will
Only time will tell if we are both human beings
traversing the same network of lost souls
always asking the same questions
Are you real?


© Jonathan Greene 2020

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Father, writer, poet, real estate investor, certified life coach, podcaster, sociable introvert. Curating a meaningful life. IG: trustgreene | trustgreene.com

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