{lonely} boy

No messages, you have no messages

the sanitised voice revealed.

No messages, no friends, no life

Thomas concluded in his head

 

He imagined pressing the button

the proclaimed the number of friends

no friends, you have no friends

Thomas moved through his house

 

Once more he imagined the button

the shrill metallic female

Shouted, don’t you get it – loser boy

no message, no friend, no life

 

Thomas had been here before

in the aloneness of loneliness

he stood by the window

and cried.