Silent auction:
all the parts of my body
touched without consent.
Highest bidder
my currency in
all the words
I didn’t say.

Pawned off, no password
no security question that
this was something I wanted;
unauthorized login, unknown server—
are my terms and conditions in such small font
they lay, unadhered?
How do I make Arial

If only I smiled more, I’d be
an arm, grabbed
crowded bar
a leg, grazed
lonely apartment.

I didn’t welcome you here—
didn’t your mother teach you
to never overstay?
Or did your father teach you
it was my fault
for letting you in?
Which is an easier pill to swallow?

If you have liquid courage in your glass,
what do I have
in mine?


Thanks to varjakBaby for the prompt, “The handy-dandy computer programmer’s pocket reference”! If I use a prompt you’ve left for me, I’ll give you a shoutout!

39 thoughts on “43

  1. varjakBaby

    This was a sad topic. Sexual harassment. Thanks for the shoutout, and I like how you used the computer as a metaphor. Well crafted.


  2. This resonates with me. I’ve been re-reading a book, “Redeeming Love” and this seems like something that would be the thoughts and perspective of the main character Sarah/Angel.

    I am pretty much in love with your writing!

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    1. Aw, thank you!! Arial is a play on the female name, Ariel, and the classic font Arial–the one often used for those lengthy terms and conditions panels. Hope that clears it up!! 🙂

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  3. Tylor J. Mintz

    A powerful piece, indeed. So skillfully composed…I especially like the line “unauthorized login, unknown server”. Very clever! — and quite relevant.

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  4. wow, that makes me want to put my arm around you like a sister and comfort you, but immediately that thought gets retracted, knowing it would probably be unwelcome. (especially since I am a stranger! HA) but Sometimes even with GOOD intentions it seems like we drift apart…
    p.s. I love the use of Ariel, but I thought you mis-spelled it. I think you should spell it like the font

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