I went to a Laurie Anderson virtual reality exhibit for my birthday

Then I went again the next day

Because when it’s virtual reality, humans can fly.

So I spent my birthday flying through a land full of structures made out of chalkboards

Covered in words and phrases and drawings.

I flew through music, through the sound of Laurie’s voice saying things like, “I ate a penguin for dinner.”

Then I flew off the land into the sky, toward the light, which I presumed was the sun, but very well could have been the light but I can’t say for certain because I stopped midway in the clouds and looked back

At the chalkboard land

And I was overwhelmed with longing for all I’d left behind

For all I’d yet to discover, read, see and hear

So quickly, I flew back.