68000 Mornings

She needs to know. Assemble language while
Grim morning hangover demands wait states.
She's dressed in black, offset by shocking pink,
Requesting by her eyes an interrupt,
Which I acknowledge. Supervisor mode
Requires immediate response. Blonde hair
Flags high priority: I shift bitwise
Towards illegal operands. Short skirt:
Post incremented indirect address.
I'm relatively jumpy: Phase error
Violate privilege, branch on over-
Flow, process exception. Change register:
Warm from her lover's bed, she's dressed to please
Herself. I'm Jealousy in Bronzino.

© Peter Howard

first published in Envoi 1996