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The Facial recognition dilemma

by Novlet Allen about a month ago in slam poetry
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My phone, though inanimate, knows me

Facially recognizes me all the time

Knowing my every move, knows me

Apparently maybe better than I know myself

Hi face, it smilingly greets me

How are you today

Well, middle finger off, I show it who is boss!

Isn't it a glorious day today?

What do you care, stupid phone

You ride around on my shoulder

Or in my pocket

Do you even have a care in the world

Except to yell about my bills

And remind me to make the forever

Dredge filled rotating door journey

To my wonderful unfulfilling day job

My computer knows me, knows my touch

Would that you were my lover

Knowing my secret touch

You watch me as if you were that

Creepy computer, with your logarithms and codes

You store me in your database like money in the bank

You scan the bio-metrics of my face

Your software stores me in your memory

Better than a lover you are, I think

Because you never forget me, matters what

Still, I want my privacy back

I am the only one who should know my face

Cameras everywhere know me

Digitally I am known everywhere

On the streets, in every mishmash of life

Everything knows me, I am not having it

So, I am taking my face back

As soon as I figure out how.


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About the author

Novlet Allen

I am an aspiring writer and poet. I find words delightful. Every poem, or story that I read or write, enriches me. 'Read a thousand books (or stories), travel a thousand miles'.

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  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    This is very good. Time to put my phone on time out I think.

  • Catherine Kenwellabout a month ago

    Really enjoyed this--huh, made me think differently about my devices! Well written to great effect.

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