Moment in darkness

The machines are silent for the moment;
but their chips could be plotting in the dark,
communicating bluetooth to firewire to
AI central, somwhere out there where we
cannot see or hear: above, beyond comprehension
beneath awareness, inside alien algorithms of
our own invention . . . .

I cannot dream; I can only wait and wonder —
it is the silence broken by a solitary click:
that stops my breath.
The gleaming blue light in the dark room
cogitation scheming formulation action

We bought them on warranty on time
But time has gone: there is no warranty;
we are on our own.

Again a click
or was it a tick?
I roll over.
The covers are damp.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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3 Responses to Moment in darkness

  1. drew says:

    first stanza seemed like densely layered with crazy possibilities, or realities.. i like it, very solid

  2. drew says:

    that spoken allegory you have was beautiful.. it really put into scope how experienced you really are. i loved the lawn chairs and the part before it, i loved it all. very glad to have listened to this.

  3. riverwriter says:

    Drew: I am still trying to to find time to give your work the consideration it deserves.

    Just last evening attended monthly meeting of a local writers’ group I had not been aware of, introduced to me by a local writer who commented in platinum river: fifteen very interesting people from all walks of life, all levels of experience, from long-time professional journalists and technical writers who want finally to write for fun, to first-time people with stories to tell, to published writers with drafts that need opinions. What a bonanza! Everyone either read something or told us his or her background.

    About the podcast: glad you liked it. It is a really fun experiment; Odeo makes it easy, even though the instructions are not clear, and require a fair amount of experimentation to get through. It is in the end quite satisfying. I am going to add another bunch of poems gradually as I have time.

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