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Care of the Machine – Poem for April 10 – National Poetry Month

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The wives slept
While the men worked
Through the night

Each man at his desk
His face reflecting
The glow of a screen

The men worked
For the Corporation
–The sole employer

A living entity
Growing, consuming
And adapting

Operating, once with
Typewriters and forms
Folders and cabinets

‘Til the chief
Ordered the men
“Build a machine!”

One man created its mind
The paths into it
And the ways out

A second man wrote instructions
Shaped like poems
For the machine-mind to read

A third man built a translator
So the machine could talk
To other machines

Thus the Corporation’s organs
Became keyboards and screens
File and servers

And the men’s work
Became care
Of the machine

Which could only be done
At night
When they induced its sleep

And as the machine slept
The men worked
Through the night

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