Imaginary Friends

Luke Skywalker. Luke be my friend.
I wanted to be friends with the boy
with saber-sharp far-sight, he who could gaze
steady at setting binary suns. I was dry enough.

Jaime Sommers. Jaime be my friend.
Much more valuable than six million
dollars is a friend who leaps with bionic
charm and cares. I heard enough.

El-li-ot. Elliot be my friend.
I wanted to be Elliot. I wanted even more
for Elliot to be my friend. Was I E.T.
in this nocturnal fear? I was alien enough.

Buffy Anne Summers. I want to be Buffy.
To be surrounded by darkness, one girl
in all the world, to be the Slayer,
for the world and my friends. I bled enough.

Naruto Uzumaki. I want to be a jinchuriki
to a jinchuriki to an angry inner fox,
Multiple tails to save me from friendlessness,
anger and apathy, unwillingness to help. I ignore enough.

#NaPoWriMo 2017 Day 19


Yikes. Truly not one of my best.

Tomorrow is another day…

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).