Five friends sit side by side on the bus
in silence
each texting five other friends
who are texting five other friends.

I want to tell them
their messages which are composed
and transmitted on tiny keyboards/screens
via the tapping of their well-developed
text exercised fingertips
will lack full face value!


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.