They prod; you poke
A snarky comment is thrown up high –
Is punctured by barbed insults
Splintering into their defensive walls
Cracked from the pressure of poison ivy coiling up their lengths.
Arguments intertwine in knotty loudness
Cut off by harsh words only for another to erupt
As a more efficient, more personal, crueller
Method of attack is formed.
Gentle remonstrations are met with snarls of anger
And the marlinspike withdraws.