DIAGNOSIS: INFODEMIC, PRESCRIPTION:…
June 23, 2021

Misinformation is like acquiring a communicable disease; it can kill you—slowly and unexpectedly. It
is in ignorance, however, that the disease grows and strengthens within us. How does one cure oneself
then?

I met a man some would call “The Parasite”.
There were many of them; barely bearable.
Nonetheless, I sat and asked: “What happened to you?”

He shouted in fear, “Ants were colonizing my body, my insides started twisting.
Everything turned pitch black and now I’m here.”
My hunch grew bigger; I asked, “ You did not take the blue pill, did you?”

Out of guilt, he bowed his head. “Infodemic”—that was my diagnosis.
The pill was made to kill parasite in animals
Now, it’s killing people like literal parasites?

Funny how a simple lie can murder a thousand
But it takes a thousand murders to know the lie.
Truly, not all that is said can be trusted. ”Remember, okay?”

“Take this instead,” I prescribed him with a red pill in hand.
Swallow the red pill then you’ll know—
Ignorance kills. Would you believe, though?

3RD PLACE – POETRY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE DIGITAL WORLD
LEN RUEL
17 years old
Male

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