ONES, ZEROES (by John Reinhart)

She hit the keys,
not tapping,
but jabbing,

The screen had been slow
to respond initially,
stopped responding altogether.

There were no words.

The cursor blinked
Then words: Please
don’t leave me.
I’m trying.
I want to get better.
I’ll work harder,
I promise.…

The screen began to dissolve
in digital tears.