This poem came out of the May 2013 crowdfunding
Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from elliemurasaki
. It also fills the #1 Liminal slot in the rainbowfic Moonlight
list. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette."Liminal Gifts"
Each new age awakens
new abilities within the human spirit --
someone must have been
the first to work fire magic,
air's original archer.
Someone learned to blend
the elements with pottery and smithcraft.
The earliest technomancers
had to invent
their own medium,
creating computers and programs and cyberspace
from the spit and spark of electricity and dumb machines.
Only then could their creations begin to speak.
Only then could the technomancers begin to listen.
People called them "computer wizards"
out of blind ignorance,
but it was so.
Today, technomancy is just one more talent,
sprung up from handfuls of far-flung seeds
scattered across infant minds as children
grow up with wonders that their parents
could scarcely conceive.
They hold lightning in the palms of their hands
and whisper to it like an old friend,
familiar as any household servant,
like fire has become long since.
But never forget,
it is the liminal gifts
that light the way
into this brightening future,
the work of those who go first
and are thought mad.
* * * Notes: Technomancy
is the junction between science and magic, using technology to work enchantments or vice versa. Computers are really made of magic
adds a dimension of spirituality. You can find books on technomagick