Tag Archives: fear

The Privacy Prism

Prism

Prism

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

The Voice

No, I’m not talking about
the latest fad on TV.
That zillionth talent show
I’m sure I’ll never see.

I’m talking about The Voice.
The one anyone can tell apart.
Where a deep, warm timbre,
turns spoken words into an art.

It’s the voice that can both warm
and chill us to our very bones.
It startles me every time I launch that app.
It’s the voice of James Earl Jones.

© Maggie Elizabeth, 2013

The Splits

THE SPLITS

We women
we straddle
not a man
not a saddle.

It’s the path of life
that tears us apart
one way is society
the other the heart.

No matter where we go
there is always the fear
did we make the right choice
between kids and career?

No matter which way we go
there is always the guilt
we are our own harshest critics
it’s how we are built.

We juggle and we muddle
we comfort and we cuddle
we give everyone all of our love
and yet it just never seems enough.

But the generations before us
and millions ‘round the world
could only wish they had what we have
so really, we should be told.

That we women are fortunate
to have this privileged choice
the freedom to decide
what is right for us.

So I pull my feet together
and drop the negative attitude
because right now I decide
to walk the path of gratitude.

© Maggie Elizabeth, 2012