in Super Mario.
changed my life that day
when I asked him to bounce into the heart
of my tv game console,
and things have never been the same.
I shall not want
to go to bed.
to stay up till four in the morning
trying to get to Level Three.
me in the paths of sleeplessness
for his game’s sake.
dies for my mistakes!
Mario dies for me
but always rises again.
Resurrections are no big deal.
Mario’s done them zillions of times.
people don’t believe in Mario.
Some say he’s just a crutch.
Some say he’s a waste of time.
Some even say he doesn’t exist.
that Mario can triumph over all evil,
so I give him the absolute devotion
of a true disciple,
the perfect game of Super Mario
and burst through to the final level
where Mario will go on for ever.
No longer will I gaze on Mario
as in a computer screen, darkly,
but then face to face.
inherit eternal life
and will sit with my headphones and goggles on
at Mario’s right hand
when he comes into his kingdom.
live in Marioland for ever.
You’re welcome to the real world.
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