They live close to our heart
Though we have never met
Friends from the ether
Connected by words
Read off the screen
Somehow we found each other
And decided to hang out
Creating bonds of virtual light
That dot the social landscape
Of the world of cyberspace
We share our pains and joys
Console the grieving and the sick
As if the distance is not there
Celebrate victories and milestones
With the sincerity of friendship
A family of the unseen
Is what many have become
Joined in words upon the screen
Which is enough
To forge friendships strong and pure
I get into a discussion with the older people in my life about how on-line friends aren’t like real friends. I disagree. I have seen people share their pain and joy on here. I have seen people console those that they may never see in person. There is a bond that one can make through words alone.
I’ve been in WordPress for over 6 months and there are people here that I can’t get through the day without saying hi to. I genuinely worry if I notice a blogging friend of mine has disappeared for days. Maybe I’m just a special type of freak, but I think I can live with that.
So, to all of my on-line friends who are celebrating, suffering, laughing, struggling, smiling, crying, and whatever else you’re doing on your side of the computer, this poem is for you.