As the words cipher across the screen
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 each evening
enticed by the fantastic gathering
of 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 screen dies
when the whirring fans cease their counterpoint
weighed down by a weary silence
we re-enter our
only again