friendshipThat “friend” is now so widely verbified
Online (I friended someone new just now)
Calls friendship into some degree of question
Does it not? Perhaps “that ship has sailed”?
And does this not imply a shipping charge
If ship is also verb instead of noun?

But even online friends who seem asea
There being a ship, can dock and disembark
If trouble is taken (trouble this time a noun)
Or if the absence troubles (there a verb).
If my own absence troubles me enough
I’ll board friend’s ship ere we should closely pass.

And what now, of that “ere” I just inscribed?
Should “ere” ne’er come, do I not err thereby?
A chill creeps in my salty air today
As friending and shipping slip across my screen.
Remembering where a friend has often docked,
I chart a course, and digital drifting be damned!

The worst that might befall’s an empty dock
But then it’s e’er (not err) that still may come.

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