Robert_bio_photo_1___version_3__1_by Robert L. Ferrier19 Sep 2014

We give too much data to math geeks
in league with computer nerds
who mine our scraps and bits
and derive them into equations.

They know us more
than we know ourselves
quirks we’ve shared online
when we felt munificent

gathered strings woven into algorithms
crosshairs on an ad man’s rifle
trained on us as targets
absorbing slugs through snail mail

or ensnared by drop-down banner ads
animated smart bomb spiders
their webs for our eyes only
diverting us to a yellow brick road

the Wizard a stalking Trojan horse
crafted of DNA from our souls.