We have to be Weary of our "online friends";
The reason for this comes from deep down within.
Throughout our lives, from birth to the grave,
Our impressions of others come from how they behave.
We can touch them, feel them, see them, and hear,
the truth of their words through a multi-sensed ear.
We can tell by their eyes, or their language, or look,
If their words are sincere or out of a book.
But online the words we read on the screen,
We interpret to say what we want them to mean.
Our innermost feelings are brought forth there,
From the words that appear on the screen where we stare.
Does "I love you" from them mean the same as from me?
Or am I only a game to them and should I then flee?
Are they laughing, or joking, or smirking, or worse?...
While I pour out my heart in short little spurts?
And that night on the phone, when we spoke those same words,
Did they hang up and say "Good God, what a nerd!"?
In all other places, we choose friends with care.
Online, it is sad, we must truly beware.
To all of you whom I've poured out my heart...
Remember, be gentle, even though far apart.
Because "I love you" from me comes from deep down inside,
Where trust and hope and my true feelings hide.
And no matter the image I show to the rest,
My online friends know the real me the best.
While with you I share my fears and my dreams,
And I pray when we meet I am all that I seem.