A follow up to Text Drive by Alexa Lash – a writer, editor, and on-the-spot poet. Former Floridian and resident Bostonian, she has written for the Seminole Chronicle, Momslikeme, and the Central Florida Future, and is currently working in the Journalism Department of Emerson College. Illustration by Paula Damigella.

 

What is Luv: Another Love Poem in Internet Slang

What is 143? Baby, don’t hurt me
2nite
don’t make me ask the ?
are we bf and gf
or just bfs,
bc I kno u
and I need an answr 2night—
not l8r 2day,
not 2morrow

Our relationship isn’t bout a/s/l,
isn’t filled with kthxbai
after we, you kno, do it…

OMG, this is awk
alrite?

aka: our “situation”
bka: our love

I can’t remember a b4u
I dunno how it felt
to b w/ u
woops
w/o*

are you my bf or bf?

you dunno?

has it come to this:
I’m busy or g2g?

fwm

btw

if u’d lemme talk for just a sec,
stopped loling or rofling,
saying jk, jk after u insult me,
u’d see what I’m getting at.

If u can’t grant me access to ur <3
I need the pw

I need a decision
cuz
I kno it’s not that u dc bout me
(u could nvr say that)
but that ur just not sure
it’s me

that I’m the 1

gf-material

so u can say sry & ilu
when you tell me
you want to be my bf

and i can say:

tx for nothing
or tx for everything

I’m not rly sure.

[end convo]

Wanna read more captivating stories for geeks from Alexa’s series? Check out Text Drive: An Inappropriate Poem in Textual Terms, Love Triangle: A High School Romance in Mathematical Terms, Less than Three: A Love Poem in Internet Slang, X Marks the Spot: A Pirate’s Tale in Computer Terms, Type M for Murder: A Mystery Short in Graphic Design Terms, Pub and Marriage: A Noir Short Story in Publishing Terms & Kern, Baby, Kern: A Relationship in Typographical Terms.