Mark Zuckerberg and I
Mark Zuckerberg and I
By Brendan Walsh
Mark Zuckerberg and i get tacos at a little place
nobody knows about. he says it’s as close to the real thing
as you can get in the states, and i have to trust him
Mark Zuckerberg and i get fitted in suits for a fancy party.
the suit might be perfect, but i don’t think i fit in with this crowd.
he says don’t worry about it, be yourself, you’re so cool
Mark Zuckerberg and i rent a tandem bike just to goof off,
we get going pretty fast for a while, looping through streets
like a falcon, each of us a single wing, but he has to stop
and take a call; it’s business. it’s always business
Mark Zuckerberg and i play darts once a week
at a dive bar a few miles away. it’s cool to talk and drink
pitchers of cheap beer like the old days. i don’t see him
as much anymore, but i know he’s super busy
Mark Zuckerberg and i take a vacation to the Azores,
no families, only us, some good vinho verde, mountains, and the spa.
i’m short on cash towards the week’s end but he spots me
and tells me not to worry about it
Mark Zuckerberg and i testify before Congress. i’m there
for moral support. He was freaking out about it, but i told him
it’s totally fine. You’re the expert dude, i say, and he seems
calm and stops biting his thumbnail and tapping his left foot
Mark Zuckerberg and i go to a field with an old handgun
his grandpa left him in a will or something--we shoot up
at the stars and pretend the bullets lodge deep in the galaxy.
Think about how tiny we are, he says, and we’re quiet for a minute
Mark Zuckerberg and i don’t talk as much anymore.
We’ll text an inside joke every few weeks but he’s sort of lost
in work and doesn’t know what he wants to become.
One night he texts me real late and i don’t see it until morning;
dude, he says, i feel like none of this matters, like, what’s
the point? And that’s it, and i’m worried for a second
that he did something drastic, but when i call he picks up,
sounds tired. Remember the tandem bike, he says,
i felt like we could have just lifted off the ground and left this behind.
Brendan Walsh has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. His work appears in Rattle, Glass Poetry, Indianapolis Review, Baltimore Review, American Literary Review, and other journals. He is the author of five books, including 'Go' (Aldrich Press), 'Buddha vs. Bonobo' (Sutra Press), and 'fort lauderdale' (Grey Book Press). He’s online at www.brendanwalshpoetry.com.