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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 53

Identity Theft

Mothers are ignoring their children
When I leave my apartment for work every morning
In the lobby sits a young woman, waiting with her child for the school bus
The lady seems oblivious to her son’s existence
She is immersed in a trance like state, wired to her smart phone

One look at me and the child runs over and slams his body into mine
Slaps me on the back while saying hello with a warm smile
The boy is starved for attention
The woman looks up, apologizes, then returns to her virtual companion

Another young mother walks about thirty feet in front of me
Her preschool age daughter lags about twenty feet behind her
The kid trips and falls
She picks herself up from the ground
The mom, never once looking back, reaches the corner

Tearing herself away from the cell phone
She looks around, noticing the girl is not by her side
Mother chastises little girl for not keeping up

The young man is walking his dog
Every time the poor pet tries to lift his leg or squat to relieve himself
The man keeps pulling him forward, never looking back
He cares only about the conversation he is having
Through the communication device

When I walk Brando, my Shepherd-Lab mix
I love to observe his behavior and talk to other dog owners
It is a pleasant diversion from the routine grind

I’m far from a Luddite
I use these devices and computers everyday
For business and pleasure
But I don’t welcome this new technology with open arms

I’ve been victimized by identity theft several times
The hackers got into my checking account though my debit cards

  Drew Marshall