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

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

muffled voices from his neighbor's television
The imaginary conversations of fictional friends
live, but only in the sense that the actors were once alive
somewhere

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