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Poem: "Mental Iterations" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Mental Iterations"

This poem was inspired by a prompt from xjenavivex and it is today's freebie. See a scrapbooked version of this poem.


Mental Iterations


It took a long time,
but at last the search for neurotypical normality
ran aground on the need for flexibility.

Our explorations showed us
that what we perceived as mental illnesses
were in fact iterations.

We discovered that only the bipolar
can become starpilots,
able to navigate through hyperspace and subspace
at different times in the cycle.

We discovered that only individuals on the autistic spectrum
can handle the cybercortex well enough
to interface brain and computer directly
without damaging either one.

We discovered that only dysphoria
holds the key to shapeshifting --
otherwise the indelible body image
overrides the nanites' programming.

As science scampered forward
through discovery after discovery,
dragging society along by the heels,
eventually we learned that neurodiversity is necessary
if we wish to explore the universe

and not remain the meek
who inherit only the Earth.

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ideealisme From: ideealisme Date: July 6th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good analogy but

ah but all the space travelling can hurt - layers are torn off you like veils of light, black holes rip off the flares from a star... we do not survive this experience altogether intact, and the price we pay cannot be denied.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Good analogy but

Sometimes that's true.

But people died on the transoceanic voyages too, and that didn't stop us.
chlorophyta From: chlorophyta Date: July 6th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really really like this one.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm happy to hear that.

Fishbowl is still going strong if you want to pitch me a prompt.
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: July 7th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I liked this one enough to tweet about it. :-D With a link, of course.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Thank you for the signal boost. I hoped this one would appeal to a wide range of people.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: July 7th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
WOW. THIS one was just.... amazing. What a concept!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it. I enjoyed stretching out the possibilities here.
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: July 7th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, neat, I really like this one!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: July 7th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
This is a fascinating concept. And very well-written. Thank you!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you like it.
eseme From: eseme Date: July 7th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like this, and I LOVE the positive spin of it.

Diversity is a good thing.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm happy to hear that. I believe in diversity. Many things are potentially useful that are not obvious.
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