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We were the midwife to this digital world

memory led to data which eclipsed that of the noun

and verb. We looked to stored programs of sequence.


Read: coded; simulations; quantities, integers.

The speed of memory crudely carries data: our data.

It mingles arithmetic with reason and doubling.


Turning the Non into the Real rephrases power

into something brimming with curiosity. Any

maniac of this world could get it running,


could modestly ascertain that the modern world need

not be more modern. Bread and butter need not be

more than bread and butter. When power sleeps,


change is dreaming in the centrifuge. One curious integer

remembers a cable, a fuse, a fission or a fusion and together

they surf the very capable contents of our calculations.


We get the wide world up and running. We say we are lucky

to be in on it and that we love what the world gives us, but we might

be dressing a monster; impending a language, or programming havoc.


The fault is history’s.


© Umansky 2012


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