“Verses Almost Sent to a Lingering Flame” by Adrian Cepeda

When I close the screen,
I feel the light softly go
out in the room where
your pixelated cheeks
just blushed for me.
I wonder if, all the way
on the other side of your
universe, when closing
your laptop, do you feel
the sounds of our instant
disconnection? Feeling
screenshot in isolation,
with every Zoom remaining
so close yet further away,
glimpsing you, glowing 
there with one click, turn
on the hotspot seeking
out the reconnection, yet
somehow, we are always
waiting for scroll news of
the pandemic fading and
vaccines at CVS, our wishes
reach past our reflections
still, is it real without

masks? Making out face
time, letting my fingers
speak… mouthing for me
scrolling up a little bit
closer to our nightly 
midnight view. No matter
how long we link, there
are no shortcuts from
our flickering webcams
this resolution of longing,
I cursor this LED distance
one day we will meet IRL,

sans mask after social
distancing shut-down ends
our persistence instantly 
messaging keeps us
connected… still before

signing off, always clicking
sparks more than like, you
love our electric hearts,
glowing face time no matter
how distant, needing you
so much closer on our
instant touchscreen.

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is the author of Flashes & Verses… Becoming Attractions from Unsolicited Press, Between the Spine from Picture Show Press and La Belle Ajar from CLASH Books.

His poetry has been featured in Harvard PalabritasGlass Poetry: Poets ResistCultural WeeklyYes, PoetryFrontier PoetryThe FempoeticdiversityRigorous, Luna Luna Magazine, The Wild Word, The Revolution Relaunch and Palette Poetry. Adrian is an Angelino Poet who lives with his wife and their adorably spoiled cat Woody Gold in Los Angeles.


Featured Photo by Philipp Katzenberger on Unsplash