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Angel of Instagram by Cee Ch​á​vez

from East French Press: Poetry Power Hour by East French Press

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Somewhere 
in the soft digital space
between a clouded blanket
and one of your filtered memories
floats an angel 
you once wrapped your arms around.
She stays guarded
kept behind a screen you press your fingertips to
a screen some dare to tap at.
This tap is hollow
only making sound to the voyeur
yet presence somehow known.
In the dreamscape of rocks-turned-cumulus
caramel-shifted-ivory
the announcement of arrivals 
differs only slightly - 
fluorescent organs
rise from the angel’s bosom
and as gravity sets in
they pile neatly below
for all to count 
yet immediately forget.
In that soft digital space
now wedged between a cousin’s 9 month old son
and an advertisement
for moisture wicking socks
floats the angel 
you once wrapped your arms around.
She’s draped in nothing now
least from what you can tell.
You wonder what it would feel like
to slip a hand 
across the warmth of her softly lit shoulder
to press your thumbs 
deep into her back.
Instead
your right thumb stops
taps twice
knocking at her stare behind protective glass.
You hold her gaze 
while sliding her up and away
to that invisible, digital space
wondering
Is it lonely there?

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from East French Press: Poetry Power Hour, released April 25, 2021

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