Digital Age (Poem)

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they crammed a chip inside his brain
shadowing every move he makes
it’s the easiest way to keep him safe

they etched a circuit in her eyes
spying on everything she hides
to illuminate the darkness inside

welcome to the victims of the digital age
where everyone clicks on their few seconds of fame
but how long before the data’s replaced
and we all get burned on the front-page

they steal our thoughts and sell our dreams
transforming our lives into things obscene
fueling our lust for things we don’t need

all hail the heretics of the digital age
here every troll has a few seconds onstage
a tiny flame that just flashes and fades
now – please – let your minds erase

2011 (revised 2018)

 

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