~6th Place Editor’s Choice Award

‘D E L E T E won 6th place ‘Editor’s Choice Award’ and ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Masters Level’  in a ‘FaithWriters’ writing competition. USA 2011/12.

To see the poem at ‘FaithWriters’ and to read all the lovely comments it has received click here.



It was the invasion, personal
space defiled, the intrusion, the
dark clouds and the
darn right lack of respect
that just irked me.

‘Twas a day like any other
a morning drowsy
sleepy, stumble to
the computer.

The slow timeless groaning
of my hard drive, a punching of
the Thunderbird key and
welcome sight of familiar
names and emails.

I rubbed my eyes, drank
a non existent coffee
in effort to wake up
as I tried to comprehend
why was I selling myself
luxury Rolex watches?

I straightened in my chair
the fog in my head
was being slowly chased away
by warring stormclouds
found my way to my sent folder
to discover a thunderstorm
of waterproof watches
hocking themselves to my
precious, waking friends

Bleakness and panic permeated
my defences, time wasn’t
on my side, had I caught a virus or
had I been hacked?

I found myself once again
riding the tides of google
hoping for a wave to catch in,
to tell me how to
batten down the hatches
and rid myself of this disease.

I stumbled upon a ray of hope
a light in a dark place
that sent me scurrying
with my boots and parka
to my automated ‘out-of-office-reply’
and there the little beastie sat.


Skulking in the dankness
of my computer’s underbelly
spitting out slimy emails
selling fake time-pieces
though my POP address.

I had been spied,
watched and hacked
my email host held hostage
abused as a slave
and all I needed to do that
wet long stormy day
was push delete.

D E L E T E.

Thank you so much for reading ‘out for lunch’. If you would like to contribute, please do. Thanks Kel.

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