This is an ode
to the one everybody likes
talking about on the Internet
in status updates, livejournals, tweets--
anything teenagers can get their keyboards on these days.
So many people admire you from
behind their computer screens,
but at times you do frustrate them.
Then they paint their Facebook walls
with aggressive graffiti aimed at you.
While it takes your admirers and enviers
great courage to drop such bold confessions about you--
especially where all their followers can see--
I can't help but wonder why they fail to drop one other little detail:
YOUR NAME (perhaps
they figure you willl know it's you they are speaking to
if they say it where everyone can read it).
I can't deny that
sometimes I wish I was You;
I envy the attention You gets.
That is why I dedicate these lines to him (or her).
May he (she?) forever dwell in anonymity!
And may I never be reduced to 'you'.