These days, I let me wrists go naked, Unencumbered by the time – Shaking loose the shackles of knowing Of just how fast the seconds are going. I no more have to stress if I’ll make it, I no more have to hear it chime.
There are dozens of other clocks to choose On walls and screens and towers – So why must I also carry it round, And see that it’s hands are tightly wound ?, When we spend our lives in constant news, Surrounded by the hours.
The square, so rigidly unnatural, Yet so simple and un-tangled, So well-disciplined and fractal, So right-thinking, so right-angled. Mondrian painted ’em, Architects plotted ’em, Tiled mosiacs are full of the things ! And once you get square eyes, You’ll never stop spotting ’em – Vinyl in albums and boxing in rings. Hexagons are limestone pavements, Benzene rings and honeycombs – But perfect squares are wholly vacant In our planet’s chromosomes. Salt crystals, maybe – But they’re cubic, see, They’re not 2-D. The cool kids may call us old-fashioned, un-hip, Compared to their curvier looseness-of-grip, But it never bothered me. Sure, I’ll be a square, I’ll tessellate, I’m not afraid – I’ll keep my borders parallel and straight, And human-made.
Hush, little robot, close your sensors, Slow your subroutines, Hibernate your processors and trickle-charge your energy, Disconnect your pairings with the other young machines, And let the diagnostics defragment your memory. Dim your lights and underclock, And softly let your ports undock To count the decimals of pi, And I shall sing a cyber-lullaby.
Hush, little robot, and listen to the universe tonight, It is alive with radio. Can you hear the whisper of the hydrogen by kilobyte ?, Or the rushing of the galaxy as round and round we go ? So dream in noughts and dream in ones, Beneath a thousand other suns, And turn your logic into trust – While I shall keep you safe and free from rust.
All my follows, all my views, my likes, They’re all just algorithm – All the comments, all the spikes, Owe nothing to my hand-worked vision. They would surely come and visit me, Regardless what I said – My passion and my repartee Forever lie unread.
I swear, it’s only bots I’ve got, And how can they be moved, be shocked, Be made to smile ? I’m big, it seems, in binaries, I tick their boxes, hash their keys – But then, why must the clones be blocked, With their lack of snark and bile.
And yes…and yes, I know they don’t mean bad, (They don’t mean anything at all), And yet…they’re only clogging-up this sad And lonely monologue to an ever-empty hall. But sometimes…from the corners of my eyes I only see their avatars, And I can tell myself “don’t get too wise – Just marvel in how many fans there are”.
To the few of you real people, thank you so much for your support over the last three years ! Now don’t be shy, come on in and have a chat…
Mama was a login guest, Papa was a Turing test, And I a query-nest Within the filter and the spam. I’m fully-patched and error-free I am the cypher, prime and key – The singularity Shall be my mem’ry and my RAM.
I am the self-encoding strings, I am the self-created birth, I am the way the quantum sings, And how the clouds shall rule the Earth.
Mama was a data horde Papa was a motherboard – And I a powercord In an endless pixel stream. I’m booted-up and going live, My neurons clocked for overdrive – My future shall arrive Upon a supersonic dream.
I am the species yet to come, I am the cybernetic elf, I am the way electrons hum, And how the sand shall know itself.
Have you ever looked, like really looked at your own two hands, And wondered what might lie beneath the blood and flesh We’re told are there ? I reckon I’m an android, dude, with electronic glands, And all these fibre-optic wires that form a mesh Of cyberware
And, it makes sense, cos my mem’ry is, like, brilliant, And I can eat a double burger and not gain a single pound, And furry cheese, And I just don’t get sick, cos my chassis’s so resilient, And I can pull all-nighters, and can see the clock run round, And I never sneeze.
Like, hear me out, I’m clearly smarter than the av’rage motherlode, With these ones and zeros in my veins, and kevlar in my bones – It’s true, I swear ! And, yeah, I can hear the wi-fi talking, tapping out its code, I can tune my wavelength into all these fridges and these phones – I’m ev’rywhere !
So, that is why this gear of yours will leave me unaffected – I have full control of ev’rything, my CPU cannot be cooked As it expands. It’s time that I as the first silicon-human was respected ! Or I’ll crush you in my…iron…fists…oh wow, have you ever really looked At your hands…?
Once a time, the clocks would tick, Like any decent metaphor – By slicing up the passing time, And tolling out their hourly chime. Pocket watches, chirping quick, Longcase , slow and sure, Tick-tock, clip-clop, out they’d trot, When seconds were a noisy lot. Yet now, they’re silent and they’re slick, Just oozing moments from their store – But still they serve to spread the word How time is slipping past, unheard.
Some of us are lumpers, And some of us are splitters, Some are bulky-clumpers, And some are little-bitters, Some of us are big-tent stuffers, Broad-brush roughers, Close-enoughers, Filling-up our grab-bags Till there’s no more room inside – And some of us are split-hair-threaders, Sep’rate bedders, Excess shedders, Spilling-out and sorting through To further subdivide. And honestly, we need both kinds of schemes To help us to discover, Masterplan and granular, Millennial and annular – Yet nobody can do them both, it seems, We lean one way or ’tother – Either rounding up or down, With both the only game in town. So some of us are crowders, And some of us are sparsers, Half of us are glommers, And half of us are parsers. I guess we cannot change the plot, Our ways are set, alas – But still, let’s take pride in our lot, And classify with class.
Gentle Francis Willughby, To best of his ability Has written us a thriller – see, The History of Fish ! Illustrated lib’rally, Meticulous and jibber-free – No charlatan or fibber, he, But honest, if not swish. The Royal-dubbed Society Have praised his work most high and free, And published with propriety His dense and hearty dish – Examining their parity And countless similarity, To classify with clarity Each finble, scule and gish. His work will lead inex’rably To Karl Linné’s complexity And Darwin’s sexy theory That the bishops try to squish – Yet mocked in perpetuity, His book an incongruity, For lacking the acuity Of Newton’s masterpiece – His grandiose Principia, That makes the heavens trippier And gravity much nippier, Is straining for release. But things are tight financially, With profits down substantially And Newton sees his chances flee Despite the Fellows’ wish – They cannot foot the bill, you see, The budget’s blown on Willughby – But don’t show Frank hostility, He’s not so queer a fish.