Daniel Bosch “Nocturnal Transmission with Imagery as Attachment”

My Friend Annie once sent me this poem. I recently found it again. 

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Nocturnal Transmission with Imagery as Attachment

I keep sending: I can’t believe
You really didn’t love me,
But I don’t believe it.
I do believe. I was alone
In love. And now, alone, I grieve it.

Even my return key is depressed.
I miss you. But I miss my doubt
More fiercely: Doubt made love possible.
Doubtless I loved you, but, conversely,
I cannot doubt my love was misaddressed.

The system’s mailer-daemon can admit
It’s ignorant, so who am I not to?
I don’t know you. I never did,
Or when I did, I didn’t want to.
The Internet just sped up all this shit.

My programming makes it so damn
Easy: it’s as if it knows
I’ll keep forming these attachments–
That I’ll point and I’ll click and I’ll
Virtually believe, especially at 3 a.m.

It’s a kind of faith, a way of slowing down
The accelerated pace of modern
Love–the dubious consumer consumed
By keystrokes like “shift” and “control”
And the dim afterglow which love presumes.

by Daniel Bosch

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One Response to “Daniel Bosch “Nocturnal Transmission with Imagery as Attachment””

  1. daniel bosch Says:

    it’s wonderful to have one’s words anywhere near vermeer’s
    view of delft…even if the pixellated connections are only virtual.
    gracias, marielisa

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