As the words cipher across the screens
they unlock our collective desire

"Welcome to our world"
they seem to say

"You are real"
"You are unique"
"You are the only one

And so each evening,
enticed by the fantastic gathering,
the ageless-faceless-genderless-virtual-beings,
we joyfully enter the fray,
savouring the fun, filth, fights and fury
of the internet forums.

It is heaven.
Time stands still.
The planet is our playground.

at that dawn hour
when the magic screens die,
when the whirring fans cease their counterpoint,
we re-enter our
only again