We think of lag as a slowing, in the data that is flowing
down the wires with our desires, while our ping is quickly growing.
But as often as it's not, it's actually a loss
some data dropped off, got tossed by a boss
router or just lost power while trying to transmit.
You're trying to submit but the electrons called it quits.
This happens all the time, more than you might suspect
but we ought to tip our hats to the engineers with respect,
because every packet gone missing has another packet behind it
if the client misses it the first time, there's another to remind it
and another after that, and more ready in the queue
they keep firing the same message, until it makes it through
and a signal bounces back confirming "Message received,
we got that chunk of data, we're ready to proceed."
Humans are pretty clever, upon closest inspection,
we bend light to talk and laugh over an imperfect connection.