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Covid-Sonnet-19

Apologies to John Donne

Lock down my brain, deep state Panopticus,

Lest I run from thee and get off the grid.

9/11, then stuxnet, now Covid:

Methinks paranoia ran off with us,

Like some inky squid with a damn octopus,

Eyes, ears, here, there, battening down my lid

Where late my thinking lurked -- a locked ward kid

Gone mad, an opioid homunculus --

I, we, could see it coming, Big Pharma,

Big Data, head drugs and algorithms,

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