The world’s privacy is in tatters,
now that a whistle-blower has sounded the alarm.
The illusion of safe browsing
has well and truly lost its charm.
But how unexpected is it really?
When we systematically put our lives online,
and creating profiles of our newborns
is considered to be just fine.
But there’s the catch right there.
Our thoughts are ours and therefore subjective
and it takes another one’s subjective mind
to put them into perspective.
Like a prism diffracts the light,
our brain diffracts incoming signals.
But unlike the prism’s colorful rainbow,
our brain’s outcome can be rather dismal.
What will stop someone who works
in the name of national security,
to misread our online information
and lift us from our obscurity?
The line has been crossed by governments
that are in the grip of fear.
But we elected the people who took those steps –
that much is crystal clear.
© Maggie Elizabeth, 2013
There’s horse meat in our burgers
and mercury in our perch,
there’s melamine in our formula
and pedophiles in our church.
There are metals in our gold
and grass clippings in our teas,
there’s water in our milk
and plastic in our seas.
There’s carbon monoxide in our lungs
too much ethanol in our tanks,
there are liars in our governments
and criminals in our banks.
There are republicans in our monarchy
and our olive oil’s no virgin,
our stock portfolios are diluted too
and antibiotics poison our chicken.
Everything has been watered down
from our leaders down to our plate,
and yet we willingly pay the same amount
and let others decide on our fate.
Has anybody seen Purity?
What made her disappear?
Or is she just another myth
and was she never really here?
© Maggie Elizabeth, 2013
I’ve always wondered, dear President Obama,
what you’d look like in your pajamas.
Do you wake in the morning on any given Sunday
and think to yourself: I’m not getting out of my PJs?
When you’re on the phone, do you doodle on your desk
or is that perhaps a little bit too Clintonesque?
Do you take out the trash and mow the grass
walk the dog and drive your girls to class?
When you leave the seat up does Mrs Obama get mad at you
like when you once again misplace the lid of the toothpaste tube?
Can you scare off the boys and catch creepy crawlies
can you boil an egg and soothe crying babies?
Well, President Obama, I think you can,
because after all, you are the man!
But don’t worry, I will respect your privacy this time,
as I so wish my government would mine.
© Maggie Elizabeth, 2012