Instagrim

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.

Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).

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