photography by Kenny Klein

The Latest Thing in Holo's
by Marge Simon

Flesh was the reason
for our alliance.
Flesh is a primitive condition,
restrictive, a good reason
to cancel its use.

With this new program,
the stretch of my arms
to the monitor
is all the space I need.
In your holo, I can
pretend you're real.

Yet from your lips
come words
I've not programmed
you to say.

You're not supposed
to talk about yourself,
your words slur,
run together inaccurately!

I don't understand
your babble. I'm the one!
It's supposed to be about me!

Why do you cry?
I see your hand,
but when I reach out
I feel nothing.

Oh God!
Am I the program
in your hologram?

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