Today's prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: (1) Write a poem about something or someone shady, and (2) Write a persona poem. Persona poems are one of my favorite modes to work with, and I actually wrote one not long ago about a "shady" character (i.e. a used car salesman), but here's another shady character:
I slip from shadow to shadow,
just beyond the corner of your eye
and when the moment presents,
I slip into your virtual pocket
and pick it of numbers,
the digits that make you you –
social security, credit card, phone.
I am havoc, I am paranoia,
I am the beast of deceit ,
and you are my prey.
You’ll sink in credit quicksand
while I use your persona
for a taste of the high life.
Sooner or later, you’ll sort it out,
perhaps with some damage done,
but by the time you catch up,
I will have moved on, a trail of receipts,
overdrafts, and past due bills in my wake,
as I slither into the shadows
of anonymity, and begin again.