temperamental

i’m sitting at my desk,
fingers skittering over the
keys in a well-practiced motion.

enter, and i should be
in.
instead, my computer glows
thoughtfully, little spinning
circle frozen in place.
once again, the stress
of working has stopped it
proceeding.

time for tea.

i leave to make a fresh cup,
and return to find the screen
now glowing weakly. i have not
touched the brightness.

for a few moments the tabs
and programs flutter,
one crashing and another
nearly doing the same.

i hold my breath,
and it straightens itself out.
everything looks like it is
working as should be –

cautious, i prod the first icon.

it freezes up again.

how very temperamental.

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