Fought for,
Killed for,
Suffered for,
Worked for,
Lived for
and without it
you die – over a
piece of paper
or a little metal disc.
Man made concepts
that you exchange
for some food
and a bit of warmth.
But soon to become obsolete
like everything else
in the future technologies
and the fables will tell
of its existence.
Think of a time not that long past
like when people were
paid cash in a small brown envelope
at the end of the working week
every Friday.
Seems so long ago,
and that’s the way it goes
with evolution.
The interest is growing
from the powers that be
in their advancing technology,
of the lives of you and me.
And so our souls will be leased
for eternity
with microchips
the all prying eyes will see,
what you had for tea
if you’re eating healthily
a diet they would approve of.
The books that you read
your preference in movies,
exercise at your leisure
the true cost of advancements,
and your activity will be
paid for
by retinas
and fingerprints,
Computerised compliance
for acceptance.
Tales will tell of
silver once crossing
the palms of new born babes
and the loose change given
to some poor homeless guy
out on the streets
to buy a nice hot cup of tea,
and generations to come
will be in awe of our humanity
and think it rather odd
that we would gift or lend
pieces of paper and
circles of bronze
to friends and family
if they were in need
not understanding
a sense of charity.
They’ll be on a equal footing
in some god forsaken poverty
where they’re all redundant
to machines
Survival of the fittest
paying for existence
spirits traded
in a robotic commerce.

©Jacqui Slade


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