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Showing posts from December, 2012

The race for the machines

The world is caught by the quick,
efficient short term, while
the internal deep springs of contemplation
and moment-to-moment existence dry up,
orphaned of their vents and outlets.

Technology is working round the clock
in making life follow the machines
that beguile us with their unending service
of needs that we never knew existed,
and our eyes have closed themselves outwards.

Hanging on the outer, out of balance,
working the sensory riches
of  speed and immediacy, want and profligacy,
we sacrifice the real and the hidden
art of encoding the immortal inside us.

But out of the blue moon,
when time stands still,
the silent space is awake again,
giving lies to the deception
that the seen matter is all that matters.

It is in these times that we see those
rational packages of short defensible bytes -
followers and followed,
pokes, likes, wants and posts -
as nothing but the ephemeral tuning out the immortal.

As the machines bind and connect us
infinitely more than we imagined,
our medium …