It arrives whether you want it or not,
slips in through an unseen slot,
like so much else in life,
and you've learned how to set-up a filter that strains
the unexpected and unwanted
from the desirable,
identifies and files it in a separate folder
for eventual deletion.
Junk email reminds you of the forces at work behind the scenes -
that there are no real boundaries in this world.
Junk email tells you that ultimately there is nothing you can do
to stem the flow,
no power exists to make you impervious
to the tap, tap, tap of certain leaks;
the girls named Charlene and Celina who want to meet,
the offers of discount Viagra and Cialis,
the secrets of penis enlargement,
and how to earn $500/week in your spare time.
Junk email teaches you to read between lines,
and that, more than anything, what you really want,
is to believe, because there is a hole in the center
of the universe, oh and your hotmail account
needs updating. Junk email is a fortune cookie,
open it at your peril.
Junk email reminds you you're an addict.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
A prayer for the new PM
Lord, may we enjoy this honeymoon.
Lord, give us some time
To find pleasure in our new PM,
His charm, his wit, his family,
His energy, his hair, his all-around handsomeness.
May we enjoy his smile that betrays
His youthful optimism, his lack of cynicism.
Give us some time to bask in the radiance
Of his hopefulness, his sincerity
In believing that in ethnic diversity
There is strength, in gender equality
There is principle, in giving refuge to those in need
There is justice, and in acknowledging the traditions
Of our indigenous forbearers there is necessity.
Let us enjoy this moment, without doubt or questioning
Because, as he said quizzically, it’s 2015.
So let us enjoy Lord
Until the next session of Parliament, at least.