|In the Arcade
Not like for real. Here no one dies,
and I’ve got lives to spare, the chance
to outwit, out-shoot other guys
and dying’s just a fancy dance.
Feed in some coins — a life comes up.
I scatter corpses and forget
they mattered, once; I spill their cup
like stubbing out a cigarette.
I’ve lost a life! but there’s no pain,
no blood. Another life’s to hand,
and deals a trigger-happy rain
of bullets over virtual land.
The deaths mount up; it’s my best score.
I’m good with gun, machete, knife.
Tomorrow I’ll get even more.
Here no one dies. Not like real life.
D. A. Prince
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