Phone Ghouls

Cavemen and women

rushed to the injured,

as long as it was safe,

not to help, but to gape.

Whether genetic or acquired,

vicarious horror seekers

have always hastened to disaster

to feast on the suffering of others,

memorizing gory images

to be savored later.

Technology inadvertently

made a gift to ghouls,

the smartphone with video

so every drop of  blood,

every bit of gore,

can be recorded

in hi-definition

color and sound,

to be drooled over

again and again.

                                    ~ Gary Beck

                                        New York City, USA

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