Circuits

Touch-screen fingerprint
retina recognition
entry system,
top-tech security
shields the affluent
and powerful,
bars the rest,
the excess people,
outcast and overboard,
human flotsam
and jetsam.
Digital bouncers
cannot be
bribed or bought,
killed or fought.
But they are not immune.
Method to the madness,
full-on virus,
AI gone AWOL,
assaults those
it is designed to protect:
an age-old story
of mutiny, murder
and mayhem.
With blood on its circuits
and fire in its lenses:
a new overlord
for the underclass.
Familiar as they are,
they cannot
understand its demands
– for cigars and caviar,
Bentleys and Bollinger –
it can own but
not possibly use.

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