The first mobile apps were gallows.
The imagineers who discovered the New World
built them everywhere they went.
It wasn’t enough merely to capture souls;
you had to add a glow of piety
& an instant patina of terribly original sin.
For their part, the Indios etched
& painted on the open-source platform
of their alluring skins:
here a bird, there another bird,
a painted-on smile around the lips
or a ladder of tears, tattooed down
the smooth touch-screen
of a still-warm cheek.

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