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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)

TITLE: The Phisherman
By Melanie Kerr
11/16/11


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The phisherman
Sits beside the data stream
The bait
In a high speed
8-GB USB pen drive in his pocket

A disposable email address
Thirty minutes of time
In an internet café
And a Styrofoam cup
Of strong coffee

Ignoring the game players
And faceless Facebook networkers
And the man typing out
His CV
The phisherman
Selects a tasty morsel
Something eye catching
A promise perhaps
A threat even
In CAPITAL LETTERS

He launches his bait
Into the silent depths
Of a million inboxes
And waits

He spies the lines
Of other phishers
Win Laser Eye Surgery
Says one to the nearly blind man
Earn Your Degree
Says another to the man
Who left school at sixteen
Without any qualifications
Festive flowers
For the woman
Who needs to feel appreciated
A cheap flight
For the cash strapped family
That needs to get away
And the perfect partner
Promised to the woman
Left on the shelf

To the sick and infirm
And those without medical insurance
The phisherman
Holds out the promise of a cure

The coffee cools
And time ticks on
He sits
And waits

Something bytes
A tug
A tiny red flag in the corner of the screen

A victim snared

From the tasty morsel
Dressed in coded letters and numbers
A burglar escapes and
Steals through the hard-drive
Pocketing passwords
Backdoor unlocked
He slips away

It’s nothing personal
Says the phisherman
And confesses he has
No axe to grind

So why does he do it?
Because he can


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CD Swanson 11/17/11
Good job. And you remained on topic. I enjoyed this. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/17/11
This is a clever take on the topic. I really enjoyed the fishing-related verbs you used. You did a nice job painting a picture of a scheming person sitting in a coffee shop, using his tools for evil.

I wasn't sure what CV stood for, though I'm sure a more computer-savvy person would understand it.

You did a really good job with this piece. I especially liked the ending.
Sydney Avey11/19/11
Loved the title and the word play. I would have liked to see the metaphor pack a whallop at the end ... catch and release fishing? He's really going to do nothing with the passwords he stole ... just sport phishing?
Linda Goergen11/22/11
Clever and creative, the wordplay creating so much image. Nice job!
Terry R A Eissfeldt 11/28/11
Brilliant - Thoroughly enjoyed my first read on this site in a very long time - Glad I took your bait of a clever title.
Yvonne Blake 11/29/11
The last line says it all.
I'm not a big fan of free-verse poetry, but its randomness gave the feeling of disorder, which is what SPAM does to our computers.
Lillian Rhoades 11/29/11
As usual:-), great writing. You cleverly portray the Pfisherman and his deeds with words that cause the reader to beg for more.

I like how you use cyber lingo - pfisher, byte, data stream...

Free verse at its best.
CD Swanson 12/01/11
Congratulations on a job well done. God Bless~
Kelvin Fowler12/01/11
Congratulations Mel, well done.
Bonnie Bowden12/05/11
Great job, Melanie. I love your play on words. I always enjoy your stories, but you showed you can also write poetry.