Enter Here

Please enter your Password. Use as many
characters as it takes but include
two asterisks and a question mark so as
to add mystery to the interaction.
your thoughts will remain a secret
while your wishes go on hold. Please understand
that simple actions no longer
match the times. If you can’t understand
what Russia wants in Kyiv
you can apply
for an explanation but there could be a long wait
for the answer. If you can’t understand
why you need an ID to read
the weather forecast, you haven’t realized
that all this digital activity
is to your soul what climate change is to
the Polar bears and the codes
that dominate
your private files
are the computerized version of drought.
It’s all straightforward, the way
to buy anything from a fly trap to a concert
ticket, commerce designed to be easy but
every business defines
easy in its own way.
Just type in the required
information and take a deep breath
while the ones and zeros dance
in the dark. The good news is
that your profile
has been updated: you have a new self,
a modern temperament, and a number
more attractive than your name.
The bad news
stays a secret. You can search for the witch
trials online and compare. Which century
do you prefer now? If thrown into
a sea of codes
and passwords you sink
then you are innocent. You’ll never see daylight
or walk country lanes again, never
watch bluebirds or marvel at a fox’s beauty, but
you’ll be not guilty and your record
be available to anyone
who knows the route to access.

David Chorlton has lived in Phoenix since 1978. He grew up in England with watching soccer as a major part of life although he has managed to move on to other interests since then, including reading and writing poetry. Read other articles by David.