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Poem: "The Cybernetic Sorcerers" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Cybernetic Sorcerers"

This poem came out of the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from the_vulture.  It has been sponsored by janetmiles and mdlbear.

The Cybernetic Sorcerers

Computers were born out of drudgery
and the desire to escape it,
innovation driven by laziness.

For a long time,
they retained the roots
of their humble origin,
requiring long hours of code
to accomplish things
that the programmers
imagined ought to be easy.

Then someone rediscovered
an old grimoire and found
summoning rituals.

They lifted servants
from the infernal plane
and bound them fast
with lines of light and metal,
Enochian and code.

They were discreet about it,
for the most part, but occasionally
a word would slip out --
IMP software and mailer-daemons.

People called the programmers
computer wizards, but in actuality
they were cybernetic sorcerers.

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From: technoshaman Date: October 8th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
This reminds me of Steve Savitzky's "World Inside the Crystal"... I don't know if you've discovered him yet, but I saw just this morning that he's discovered you :)

Also, visions of Mickey with a pointy hat wrangling computers instead of brooms :)

(IOW, *like* :)
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: October 8th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um... yeah, that would be me.

Lyrics and audio for The World Inside the Crystal, right here.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 16th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)


That is one of my all-time favorite filk songs ever. It is the computer wizard's theme song. I've done a few other poems along these lines.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: October 13th, 2012 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember reading a book by Rick Cook (?) about a computer programmer who found himself in a fantasy world. He solved his problems and outwitted his foes by approaching magic the way he would a computing problem...
It was a nice light read as I remember.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 13th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)


I've heard of that but never read it.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: October 13th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

I wish now that I'd kept my copy as I'd like to re-read it.
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