Ctrl + alt + delete

Photo of a computer circuit board, taken through a kaleidoscope.Consider yourself a task I have ended. Our relationship, a 404 not found. Our connection now disconnected. You, a broken link I wish I had been forbidden to visit, a threat I did not initially detect. You became a virus in my system, and I had to Malware you out of it. I have now completed the uninstallation process, have reset my life’s device back to its original settings from before five years ago when I mistakenly trusted your download of lies. So good luck spamming your way into someone else’s unregistered trust—I have already reported your corrupted files.

Chelsey Clammer is the author of Circadian (winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award) and BodyHome. You can read her writing at: www.chelseyclammer.com.

Photo Credit: Carlos Andrés Reyes

10 Responses to “Ctrl + alt + delete”

  1. Donna says:

    I really enjoyed the build in intensity of the emotions.

  2. Michele Rosefelt says:

    Like the “reboot” vibe of this piece and love the title. Well done!

  3. KennyMarsach says:

    the point of this story is about how once you see what is bad for you. you will take it out of you life. what i learned about the story was that never let anything bad in your life become a virus.

  4. Amanda Lee says:

    Super visual, and funny but I can stillI feel the anger. Nice job.

  5. Shanica says:

    Wow!is all I can say.

  6. will says:

    Like the analogie

  7. Andrew Milligan says:

    May future software updates respect your firewalls. 😊

  8. Ang says:

    Brilliant analogy! Clever and funny. As a computer nerd, this piece hits home for me. There are some relationships I’ve ctrl + alt + deleted! 🙂

  9. Teddy Kimathi says:

    Love it! I love the way you’ve blended the computer world with relationships.

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