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THE SUBSCRIBER

I always have been on the Internet.
Before they had the chips, the ISP's,
I've always, always had you in my head.

Once for two hours I sat in jail, and read
the walls and bench, and scratched there, "Thoughts are free."
I always have been on the Internet,

When I got up and when I went to bed,
Sitting at home or walking down the street,
I've always, always had you in my head,

I've heard your words and answered what you said,
known you were there although I could not see.
I always have been on the Internet.

That server can't go down, though war and dread
sever our ties and slice the world in three.
I've always, always had you in my head

and you (unknowing?) stood me in good stead.
You've fought it, but we're branches of one tree.
I always have been on the Internet.
I've always, always had you in my head.

      — Esther Cameron