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.



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