I check my feed from bed first thing each morning,
and find today that, overnight, I’ve shot
to new heights of approval with no warning.
It’s hard to know which of my bons mots caught
the world’s imagination, but no matter:
genius rules, and cream will always rise
to the top. I love how total strangers’ chatter
builds exponentially before my eyes:
I dazzle them; their thumbs tap approbation
faster and faster into the hungry void.
The likes blow up, numeric affirmation
of my whole life, so brilliantly employed.
I am the hottest fashion of the season.
I am where I was always meant to be:
the focus of all worship and all reason;
swift and astral my ascendancy.
By afternoon, some wit or politician
will seize my ranking. Triggered and dismissed,
I’ll nonetheless intensify my mission;
when I’m not trending, I do not exist.
Jane Greer is the author of Love like a Conflagration (Lambing Press, 2020). She founded and edited Plains Poetry Journal (1981-1993), a literary magazine that was an advance guard of the New Formalism movement. She lives in Bismarck, North Dakota.
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