Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Working Theory (Poem)

Working Theory

How you lose
the one you love

takes invention.
Consider the way

your screen flickers
before it goes

dark, its blinking
some kind of code

you fail to receive
and system checks

miss too often.


Human intelligence
is no match

for what happens.


Somewhere inside,
deep in the heart

of that computer,
you let go the one

last key stroke
impossible to retract.

© 2013 Maureen E. Doallas

9 comments:

Louise Gallagher said...

Such a powerful story told in so few words.

You are beautiful.

Diane Walker said...

Breathtakingly beautiful, Maureen. And a perfect analogy...

nance said...

hanging by a
tenderly finespun
filament of golden light
Love happens
without proof

Brian Miller said...

hard to take back those keystrokes as much as the words once they are out there...

VaNdAnA ShArMa said...

Lovely comparison

Laura Boggess said...

Today is my 20th wedding anniversary and these words are sinking deep into my spirit right now.

Linda Rogers said...

Yes~Just one keystroke can end it all. Great poetry/Great message.

scotthastiepoet said...

Hey Maureen, Maybe my forst time here, I think? Beautifully done - artfully knowing, delicate and deep...Especially liked: to... "lose the one you love takes invention..." Classy stuff - I will be back for more! with Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

Todd Alan Kraft said...

I have a few keystrokes I would like to take back. I imagine we all do. I guess we need a little more online compassion and forgiveness. I like the poem and concept. Thanks.