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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.

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wyrmwwd From: wyrmwwd Date: July 7th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful poem.

And, actually pretty funny in it's uncomfortable truth as well.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Yes, it never pays to toy with the gods.

The fishbowl is still open if you want to give me a prompt.
wyrmwwd From: wyrmwwd Date: July 8th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Thank you. Let me think about it. I am so panicked and freaked out at the moment by the whole needing-a-dentist-with-no-money thing that I am hard-pressed to come up with any creativity whatsoever. But, if something comes to me, I promise I will. :-)
robertlyon From: robertlyon Date: July 7th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked it! Nice job.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

The fishbowl is still open, if you want to give me a prompt.
robertlyon From: robertlyon Date: July 8th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

hmm...my prompt is "Loving you."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

From this I got "The Myth of Galatea." A brief description of the poem is here:http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/695008.html?thread=3577056#t3577056
jolantru From: jolantru Date: July 8th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Darkly humorous. :)

I like the fact that Ishar posted Her own image. :P
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

... something like an updated version of these:
http://www.logoi.com/pastimages/ishtar.html
jolantru From: jolantru Date: July 8th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

*lol* Yep. For some strange reason, I see Her posting her own image(s) on Twitter, Facebook and all assorted social networking sites.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

This actually turned into another poem, "How the Goddesses Invented Cyberspace."
fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 8th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
XD

HAIL ERIS! ALL HAIL DISCORDIA!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

FNORD.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 8th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Gerald Fnord? :-)
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