Ignus Fatuus

I met a young man, from a far away land;
Though never in person I’ve seen.
Through computers we’ve talked, took virtual walks,
To places we’ve both never been.

How the years have passed, online so fast
So much we’ve changed and grown.
Still worlds apart, but right from the start
No better a person I’ve known.

Plenty pics shared, from this Gent so rare
“Looks a bit like Beckham,” I thought.
I’m just not as pretty, as Nemcova so witty
But of her pictures; I sent him a lot.

Some years I knocked down, some dates switched around,
My real age he’ll never know.
This handsome young Sir, from royalty sure,
With muscles and mansions and gold.

At last we agree, on a good day to meet,
Heart pounds; as I walk off the plane.
Put a smile on my face and steady my pace
‘Till I see the sign with my name.

I stop dead in my tracks, as I take in his slacks
Three inches too short for his legs.
Huge belly does sit, over belt unfit,
To hold in this giant flesh keg.

He lowers his sign, when he sees my hairline;
Receding and grey through and through.
His eyes travel down, face draws to a frown
As he finds my thighs, jellied tofu.

We both stand and stare, at our lies laid bare
So stupid and foolish we’ve been.
So naive to think, that our human link,
Could be true through a computer’s screen.

Not wanting to seem, ungrateful or mean,
He extended his arm and smiled.
I took a firm hold, and away we strolled
To a place to talk for awhile.

After tea and cake, we did remake,
First impressions that had been so wrong.
And as he talked with me, I began to see,
He was the person I’d known all along.

Ignus Fatuus


Edmonton, Canada

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A challenge issued to me by another writer, to create a piece about how our virtual selves may differ greatly from our real selves. I decided to do a funny, satirical piece, thats easy to read. Finished, and posted it in a little under 14 minutes, to win the challenge=) Also check out the other half “The Charlatan Butcher” as I figured entering one wasn’t enough.

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