Modern Relationship – by Elan Mudrow

 

Have I not responded

To your voicemail?

Don’t worry, baby

I’ve posted a smile for you

Which I have pinned

To remain forever me—for now—for you

On Facebook, that endless e-novel (Free on Amazon!)

About I and I and occasionally you.

Where you know, baby, I’m always

PMing and DMing, liking your posts

Boasts and all the toasts

As well as that trip to the coast.

Like a moment that means everything

When nothing is actually happening

Except our love lives broadcast

Plus a few spats

Thrown in for interest’s sake.

Don’t get me wrong

“We’re in a relationship”

It’s been announced for all strangers to see

Keep me crammed with Instagram

Keep me in a constant state of Tumblr

My text messages mean so much more

With an image mixed, spliced, plum full,

Of emojis that outnumber languages.

‘Cause

The less we speak

The better our communication

Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

We only have 144 words

To tweet our heat

And that’s counting hashtags

Which, we all know are

More important than what we’re saying.

That’s a Google plus, plus, win, win blog-uation

For the good of the opinionated nation.

Our love comes in soundbites

And we’re streaming high with unlimited data

Playing I-Games with each other

‘Cause that’s how we roll—with no dice

We’re free, baby

Our love notes are wordpressed

With just the right theme

To save ourselves from misunderstanding

Fuck,

We’re just like the news, baby

Ain’t that the truth?

 

 

 

 

Elan Mudrow lives in Portland, Oregon. Elan studied writing at Centrum, a partner of Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, Washington. Elan’s works have appeared in Von Reuth, Anotherealm, and Writers for Calais Refugees. Elan now seeks an M.A. in English at Portland State University.

An upcoming book, Rain Desert, is due out by July, 2016

Smart Mirror – by Elan Mudrow

 

Putting on your makeup

Has been kidnapped by smart phones.

Ransoms are paid monthly,

Don’t worry, it’s done automatically.

The kidnappers will send you alerts

If your eyebrow pencil is in danger.

They will text you a request

To update your personal information

Skin tone, age group, sexual identity, eyeliner.

Make sure to

Add a backup e-mail account

In case you forget your eyeshadow.

Answer all security questions:

1. Your mother’s maiden blush
2. Maybelline is your father’s middle name
3. What was the name of your first pimple?

Type in the right code, if you can.

You are beautiful.

You are not a robot.

All attempts to hack into your face

Have been blocked.

 

 

 

Elan Mudrow lives in Portland, Oregon. Elan studied writing at Centrum, a partner of Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, Washington. Elan’s works have appeared in Von Reuth, Anotherealm, and Writers for Calais Refugees. Elan now seeks an M.A. in English at Portland State University.

An upcoming book, Rain Desert, is due out by July, 2016