On Second Ring

Too far away to reprimand,
too close to see
the situation at hand.

Friends trading secrets
of secrets.
Hands touching ears
whispering down the lane,
a blur of a blurb;
a Charlie Brown sound
being passed around,
being handed down.

Steps upon steps removed,
disapproved.
The unavoidable spread
of truth or mistruth
of what’s new,
what’s used,
what’s borrowed,
what’s blue.

A figurative, misinterpreted,
downward spiral
in denial
until circuits close
and spark the charge
of current, errant
bitmap torrent