We had talked only online

up until this point

and for some reason

I had been repeatedly

telling myself that

you were not real

because no one could

possibly love me

as much as I

thought I deserved

in another life where

love was easier to grasp

for someone like me

but when our eyes first met

I didn’t believe that

you were real.

I saw at first a hologram

and my mind’s arms reached

through your left shoulder,

but then your fingers

reached for mine,

and your ice warmed

my heart that beat

faster than any other.

Everything around us turned

to holograms dancing

into the shadows

into themselves.

In that moment

when we first met

when we first touched

I knew that it was

possible to love.


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