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Your third life starts the split second you die
from a vaccination gone awry. Consolation:
consciousness restored from a lifetime of metadata
hoarded on Google servers. Virtual no more,
a superhuman subroutine emerges from
primordial digital soup, an avatar so flawless
your lover and mother barely notice
the quiet fleck of death gleaming somewhere
just beyond pale blue eyes.



Andy Lee (@realandylee) is a Toronto-based poet, lyricist, musician and member of the Writers Guild of Canada. An award-winning writer, his poetry has appeared in Vallum Magazine and was shortlisted for their 2017 Chapbook Award. Andy is the author of Chrys and Coco, an e-picture book about friendship and diversity, available on Amazon.


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