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Randy Mazie


I unplug

after learning
she could
record my every conversation

I taped over the camera
on my laptop

after learning
it could
follow my every movement

I routinely note
my birthday
as April 1st

on my Facebook page
and all my
social media

I love getting all
those fake
birthday wishes

writing back "April
chuckling to myself

I change my
every three months

increasing the number
of digits
by three

and adding more uppercase
every time

I put my browser
on VPN
though certain web sites

won't let me in now
they can't recognize me

I asked some
busying acorns

in my yard
summer morning

if they had been noticing
suspicious activities nearby

one looked at me
bushy white tail

curled upward toward
that clear blue
late summer sky

in that chattering
squirrelly voice

we only gather up
we don't talk to them

© by Randy Mazie.
Used with the authorís permission.

Randy Mazie grew up in New York City, made South Florida his home for many years, and now lives in the North Georgia mountains. He has Master's Degrees in Social Work from Columbia University and Business Administration from Barry University. Randy's non-fiction work has been published in professional journals and his poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Learn more about him at





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Thanks to all. Glad you enjoyed it. I had fun writing it. Randy
Posted 04/16/2020 09:50 PM
Maren O. Mitchell:
Randy, how this poem hits home. Hide all you can! Our species IS nuts! Thanks again, Maren
Posted 04/16/2020 08:24 PM
Very clever. And entertaining. Made me laugh.
Posted 04/16/2020 07:20 PM
Love it!!
Posted 04/16/2020 03:54 PM
Lots of fun, badly needed humor!
Posted 04/16/2020 03:50 PM
Linda Lee Konichek:
This is such fun! A lighthearted poem to brighten the day.
Posted 04/16/2020 02:05 PM
I think the squirrels in your yard have been talking with the ones in our yard! Thank you for such a fun poem!
Posted 04/16/2020 02:05 PM
Wilda Morris:
I needed this laugh! Thanks!
Posted 04/16/2020 11:47 AM
Fun and funny poem. Short lines are like squirrel talk.
Posted 04/16/2020 09:54 AM
Oh, fun!
Posted 04/16/2020 09:20 AM
michael escoubas:
Great fun, Randy! Just what is needed in these times--thank you.
Posted 04/16/2020 09:09 AM
Love the humor!
Posted 04/16/2020 09:08 AM
Larry Schug:
I've never met Alexa and don't think I want to and now I wonder who's watching me write this comment. Give me a squirrel any day. This is my kind of poem.
Posted 04/16/2020 07:57 AM
Very fun, just what I needed this morning. Thanks.
Posted 04/16/2020 07:27 AM

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