another in the theme of human automation


Biblioteque

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe"- Marilyn vos Savant

Fragments of sound permeate monotony
Papers rustling, shapes shifting in seats
Zippers open and closed
Pens tapping on hard surfaces
Pages turn to rest on those before
The buzzing of machines kicking into action

Movement is rare here.
The hands of a clock asymmetric
Work their way round a dashed-line circle,
Tail up head down
Red on black
Pushing up through numbers

Hand dryer burst
as doors open, letting hot air escape
Silver steel framed windows
Offer glimpses of unlit rooms
Full of computers, an insight
into worlds preserved

No-one dares speak
Words are useless here
Spoken language obsolete
Terms are typed, fixed on pages
Lexicon of learning
Without consolidation

Mechanised, automated
Eating data like birth
came with information processing
Human connection an added extra,
A flaw of the crossover in eras
A residual skill

Seconds chipped away
Into reams of data
Stored for instant recall
Regurgitating others' ideas
For we are too tired to think of our own
Too busy for creativity

So flick the pages,
let them all fly
Beyond the walls is a sky so blue
Matter over mind
Think not of piles of definitions
Go experience your own




Poetry by Caila Ihle
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Written on 2006-08-14 at 05:04

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Sandy Hiss
Oops, I was thinking bibliophile...lol. Sorry for the confusing comment.
2006-08-16


Sandy Hiss
I never knew what a biblioteque was until I looked it up in a dictionary and realized I was one. Your words ring true and I especially liked the last stanza. Nicely done!
2006-08-14


Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
your images are so vivid! so real! and that last stanza,
"So flick the pages,
let them all fly
Beyond the walls is a sky so blue
Matter over mind
Think not of piles of definitions
Go experience your own,"

is perfect! :) kathy
2006-08-14