Thursday, October 9, 2008

Poetry Helps as Pace Accelerates

"All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace"
by Richard Brautigans

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

First Published
San Francisco: The Communication Company, 1967.
8.5" x 11" mimeographed broadside with hand-lettered title and imprint (Communication Company). All else type-written.
Reprinted here with permission.

1 comment:

Bob said...

Brautigan (no s) had some pretty interesting ideas. He was a master of the "twist" in the story to make you see things differently. "Revenge of the Lawn" and "Trout Fishing in America" stand out.