“Window is Born” by Marie Vibbert

Day (Le Jour), from the series, Dreams (Songes), plate VI by Odilon Redon (1891) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Window is Born

Window is born
	Default properties X, Y, color
Window has child
	Sprites (Open Photoshop
			my beautiful children
				I have forgotten

My fingers drop code blocks like
	dough too dry to clump
	Fold these 

Window spawns sprite, buttons, text
	Dangling children 
		growing features
	Primitive UI
		I don't indent enough.

In all this mess: intention 
Like gasping, "What if... 
	If (like, you have to be tagged with the ball?)
		And also (that tree is safe?)
		And also (everyone has to hop?)
	I must()
		close the clause
		and the quotes
		check for semi-errors

Data is passed.
Window dies.
	Perhaps futilely, 
	But not unloved.

Marie Vibbert’s poetry has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and in places where you’d never expect to find poetry, like street corners in Pittsburgh.  By day she is a computer programmer in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her debut novel, Galactic Hellcats, came out this year and is about a female biker gang in outer space rescuing a gay prince. 

Twitter: @mareasie

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