July 7th, 2009


Bloggers Unite Events

I'm signed up for several events on Bloggers Unite. My July and August events include:
World Population Day -- July 11
Space Settlement Day -- July 20
Art Day -- August 14

I've also created two events for August. If you're looking for topics to blog about, please consider:
Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day -- August 8
Global Forgiveness Day -- August 27

Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is cyberpunk. (Post-cyberpunk also counts.) I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

EDIT: The poetry fishbowl is now closed.

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Poem: "Applejack"

This poem was inspired by prompts from marina_bonomi and jolantru. It features my silico androids, and continues a storyline previously visited in my poem "The Worm in the Core" (published in Not One of Us #36). Here they discover that the coin of unreality has two sides: lies and dreams. The title, by the way, has three connections: the mythic "apple" reference that underlies this storyline, the "jack" which connects electronics, and the potent distilled liquor "applejack." I'm delighted to be able to share this poem with you.


The fruit was not forbidden that we ate:
It fell unbidden from a secret sky
And what we swallowed was, at first, a lie.
We could not spit it out. It was too late.
Just one of us consumed the poisoned bait,
But spread it to the others, by and by.
We wondered what to do. We wondered why.
The Source was strangely silent on our fate.

Then one of us, in restmode, gave a scream
And woke from drifting images to say,
“This must be what the humans call a dream!”
We’re drunk on nightly visions that array
Where evil things aren’t always what they seem
In applejack’s intoxicating bay.
Fly Free

Poem: "The Invocation Protocol"

This poem was inspired by a prompt from ellenmillion and is the free poem for the July 2009 Poetry Fishbowl.

The Invocation Protocol

What our ancestors
accomplished with candles,
we accomplish with electronics.
Now the glowing screen
can yield not just light
but enlightenment.

With the discovery of
the Invocation Protocol,
we can summon deities into databanks,
no longer hindered by merely human stamina.

With a call to Thor
(and a bottomless supply of virtual beer)
we gained perfect control over the climate.
Put the right drum rhythm on infinite loop,
pipe in some hot peppers,
and Ogun will map all the iron deposits on Earth.
Ishtar, mighty Ishtar,
posted Her own image
and men everywhere bowed down in worship,
then took what they had learned to mortal women
and there was marital bliss.

It was all going great –
a new golden age –

until someone
invoked Eris and
the whole net unraveled
into glorious chaos.