Web Feet
{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

Melissa Balmain

has been a featured poet in Light Quarterly; her poems have also appeared in The Spectator, The Chimaera, The Formalist, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin.

She is a two-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the proud winner of the 2009 Rubber Ducky Sonnet Award from the New England Shakespeare Festival. She’s a director of the Foundation for Light Verse.

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Facebook Psycho

I friended you; you didn’t friend me back,
which left me feeling powerless indeed:
despite my wounded longing to attack,
the software wouldn’t mark you “enemied.”
And so, you see, I had to move offline
to properly avenge your cyber-slap
with help from this devoted blade of mine.
There’s nothing like an old-school killer app.