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Mark of the Beast?

by Chris Sorrenti

Some are saying
do away with cash altogether
it’s dirty
with all the hands
it passes through
then eventually phase out
debit and credit cards

A chip is what we all need
to avoid future contamination
no more mistaken identity

Personal ID
financial status
criminal convictions if any
heath history
all there
at the pass of a scanner

Sewn under the skin
in the bottom of your wrist
or lower arm
after a while
you won’t even notice it
but when you walk up to a cash
you’ll remember to wave it over
the electronic eye

No more lost money
stolen plastic
think of it as your friend
till death do us part

In the not too distant future
babies will be born
with any DNA defects corrected
along with circumcision
implant of the chip
a routine natal procedure

And when the next pandemic arrives
if infected
the chip will automatically sense
a change in your system
identify the invading bug
notify you
and if necessary
your local health authorities
police force

Nothing more to worry about
the state protecting us all
from cradle to grave

© 2020

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Posted on 05/04/2020
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Laura Doom on 05/08/20 at 01:39 PM

A chip would be more readily at hand, but I like the idea of a routine nasal operation, allowing people to stop breathing in when malevolent contact is detected, though prolonged exposure might prove to be a challenge. Another refreshingly dystopian poem encounted here recently. These issues need to be addressed, and poetry can do this concisely and with humour, as demonstrated here. Stay prolific Chris (and compensate for us ephemeral types :)

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