I need AEM access –
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A portal through which to withdraw
A small portion of the power of the universe
Set aside in my name.
Surely I have an account in good standing!
Is there an automated phone system
Or a secure, encrypted web site
Where I can check my balance?
My energy on hand has been depleted –
Conflicts have swirled around me
And anxieties about "issues."
Not even my own battles!
I wasn’t supposed to get stuck with the bill,
So how did I end up paying so dearly?
I reached into my pocket for the inner resources
To do my own thing,
And I came up empty –
Not even receipts to show how it was all spent.
How handy it would be to have an AEM
At my local convenience store!
I could stock up when I stop for coffee and the Sunday paper!
(I am wary of the artificial "energy" they sell
In slender silver cans.)
A mere plastic card with a magnetic strip
Seems an inadequate talisman
And a four-digit PIN an insufficient invocation
For tapping into primal power from its source.
Biometrics may be in order:
By all means, read my fingerprint. Scan my iris.
Satisfy yourself that it’s really me,
And I will utter any incantation you require.
"Select transaction." Withdrawal.
"Select account." Creativity.
"Select sub-account." Literary.
"Please indicate amount in multiples of poetry."
Just one poem would satisfy me today, thank you.
"Your transaction cannot be completed at this time."
Shit. Must be insufficient funds.
Is there a branch office I can visit on Monday
Too see if I have good enough credit
For a loan?
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. - Groucho Marx