They talked for hours,
linked electronically
overcoming the miles between them
speaking casually, as if down the hall

Reluctantly goodbyes are exchanged, then
the screen goes blank
leaving only the muted kitchen lights,
drips from an unrepaired faucet and

muffled voices from his neighbor's television

Imaginary conversations with fictional friends
live, but only in the sense that the actors were once alive
somewhere

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