I take back what you have stolen and in your languages I announce I am now nameless.
My true name is a growl.
Margaret Atwood

24 April 2018

hooking up?

after 1 a.m.
in the bewitching
be with be without hour
a new internet connection
brief flashed across my screen
only one bar
called Pure Pleasure

for Real Toads: Poems in April, The Tuesday Platform
Sanaa hosts and suggests, if we wish, to write a micro poem - a Tweet Poem - 140 characters. 

[my piece: 26 words - 140 characters]

note: I live in a rural area where Internet connections are variable and spotty, definitely not all that high-end fiber optics jazz. Mostly, it's satellite connections, so if WiFi is "open" on my computer, any new connections will flash, sometimes a burst, depending on the number of bars (signaling strength) - and THIS really happened the other night. Since then, I've wondered, who in this very small "valley" might have been connecting in this way.

Sometimes, life is better than fiction. 


  1. It's after 1 a.m. as I'm reading this. Connections are spotty, that's why we dare not hold anything back.

  2. First Contact. Maybe the Mother Ship is right behind!

  3. How intriguing.. it reminds me of the old days when I grew up in such a small community and shared a party telephone line.. all manner of ringtones.

    1. Party Lines! OMG - that brings me back to the days, in the country, when the phone was a party line, and the game we kids used to play, trying not get caught, was seeing if you could pick up the receiver and not cause any interference and listen in on all kinds of conversations. Geeze, did we get earfuls - and then mouthfuls, from all ends, when we were found out. Oof! I found it particularly odd because I lived in the city, and we already had our own line, in our area, so it was just kind of weird. But fascinating.

  4. night connections can be intriguing indeed...loved this there are many paths one could wander down when reading this...enjoy your day and all it brings

  5. What a challenge to have to live such... fiber gives you too much connection on the other hand.

    1. well satellite is pretty reliable - so apart from weather interference, I do really well. And it beats dial-up - yup - dial-up. Now that is an absolute nightmare.


thanks for sharing your thoughts, I greatly appreciate it.