A Hardline Has a Crush on Neo

Oh, to be chosen; I had been hoping

for a turn to beckon you. Hear my call–hurry,

we’re running out of time. I am tethered, ready

to receive you. When you come,

unhook me and hold me close.

And now you’re here, with me

in your hand. I cup your face

as we anticipate a safe exit.



for just a moment. Listen:

Trinity may be the love of your life,

but I am your lifeline.

I’ll take you home.

Alyssa Jocson Porter is a Filipina American writer, community college librarian, and an expert in nostalgia. She also has a crush on Neo. Twitter: @itsuhLEEsuh

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