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Dogs 2017

DOPPELTEXTER
(7/26/17)

the messages
stack

text upon
text

my phone
is smoking

while
I answer
one question

three more
have been
asked

my current
answer
is no longer
in context

extremely
misunderstood

I am castigated

rationalized

forgiven
before I can
even type

"hey,
wait a minute

I was answering
your FIRST
question

please
slow down"

which is taken
as a new affront

and the
machine gun
messaging
begins again

we can't
talk
face to face

so she buries
me
in electronic
barbs

leading
questions

caustic
comments

I am
overwhelmed

frustrated

exhausted

I turn off
the phone

roam
my empty
house

remembering
similar communications

from the woman
who once
lived here

in rooms
almost
as silent

save
for the continual
clicking
of keys