Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Spine-Tingling Technology"

This poem is spillover from the April 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "Accessibility" square in my 4-4-21 "Aspects" card for the Genderplay Bingo fest.

"Spine-Tingling Technology"

There have always been stories
about magical suits of armor and
springs that can heal anything.

For a long time, technology
has run along behind mythology,
offering wheelchairs instead of
flying chariots and crutches
instead of replacement legs.

They improve accessibility,
and they're better than nothing,
but don't live up to the dreams.

In time, though, technology
begins to catch up, devising
myoelectric interfaces and
exoskeletons that allow
paralyzed people to move.

The spine is a finicky thing,
and nerves don't like to heal.

They hold grudges worse
than even a nagging ex.

There are hints, though,
glimmers of hope in
gene therapy and
stem-cell research.

The body's blueprints
are right there, if people
can just learn to read them
and find ways to rebuild
what has been broken.

No matter how far apart
they are or how close
they may come, if we
didn't have the stories,
we wouldn't get inventions.

Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fishbowl, poem, poetry, reading, safety, science, weblit, writing

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