Friday, 5 October 2018


Your Debit Card with Contactless

by Oonah V Joslin


There’s a graphic on the front that speaks technology,
a logo like interlocking blocks of ideology.
The purple background’s shiny, rich, which smacks of luxury
and inside the folds are pictures -- for the likes of me.

A bag and boxes represent a therapeutic shopping spree.
An aeroplane and clouds suggest you use this card on holiday.
A sturdy lock and key shows high levels of security.
My custom and safety mean so much to them – obviously.

Funny how ‘contactless’ can be one word, or two, or three;
less contact, con with tact, con tactlessly?
Having no money, it makes little difference to me anyway.
This is banking -- twenty first century.


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Oonah V Joslin is poetry editor at The Linnet’s Wings. She has won prizes for both poetry and micro-fiction. Her book Three Pounds of Cells ISBN: 13: 978-1535486491 is available online from Linnet’s Wings Press and you can see and hear Oonah read in this National Trust video. The first part of her novella A Genie in a Jam is serialised at Bewildering Stories, along with a large body of her work (see Bibliography). You can follow Oonah on Facebook or at Parallel Oonahverse https://oovj.wordpress.com/.