Poem by Kashiana Singh

 

Mr. Zuckerberg, you don’t know?

It was a simple yes or no
question
you stuttered
and muttered
                                   while the ticker
on your page barely
kept up with the silence pauses

she had you for dinner
and also, for dessert
that congresswoman
                                         her verified profile
counts a spike in fans, we know for sure
her net likes, are people who do not like lies

your memory stammered, spinning
like a misplaced facebook post
enshrined in unlikeable tracking loss
                                         your last check in
shows you at a barber shop
just before, you were indisposed
                                         at the Hill

as a reminder, and to repeat
since forgetting seems to be trending
                                         you believe it is
up to the reader, to do
their fact checking, you
dish up algorithms, curated
from suspect data sets

because I too think
                                         lying is bad
I felt obligated to
                                         let you know

that
I see your face come up
eloquently this week in ads
for helmet haircuts, clean
grilled steaks and faucets
                                         but I understand
and I know you do too
                                         that it is all about context

 

Kashiana Singh, is a management professional by job classification and a work practitioner by personal preference. Kashiana’s TEDx talk was dedicated to Work as Worship. Her poetry collection, Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words, presents her voice as a participant and an observer. She dips into very vulnerable and personal contexts but also explores the shifting tectonic plates of the world around her. She is from India, now lives in Chicago and bridges the miles by regularly etching her thoughts. She is a regular contributor to different poetry platforms like OnMogul, Literary Yard, Best Poems, Narrow Mag, Modern Literature, Women’s Web, Tuck Magazine and Spillwords. She is in the process of gathering her second collection of poems.

Nicholas J.J. Smith is a photographer, philosopher and musician based in Sydney, Australia.

 

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