For a country as a number

Lasting contributions of our fathers
to mankind:
and high definition flatscreen
Bluetooth headsets
and hybrid gas & electric
iPhone apps,
and dual-core computer

As if we would die
were our fingers to stop;
as if the world were
a list of tasks to be ticked
or a stack of papers
waiting to be filed.

As if to deny Descartes
we need replace the ghost
in the machine
with another machine
and the mind with
Faber’s silver needle
to guide us,
toward logic.

As if the darkling plain
were something inside us waiting
for the incinerator
of science to illuminate it;
as if the heart
is a void to be filled
like a display at a
grocery store.

As if poetry
were a danger
and safety just the staccato babble
of Mildred’s ‘family’ on Montag’s walls.
As if anyone
was home.
As if the house
wasn’t on fire.

As if Clara crying
was little more than a passing humor,
to be diagnosed
and fixed like
a bad internet connection.
As if it didn’t happen.
As if we don’t remember
anything at all.


About allisunknown

26 year-old student, tutor, and writer. Write for Also nascent pedestrian advocate. Twitter handles:
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One Response to For a country as a number

  1. rascalstew says:

    After you posted this, I re-read it a couple of times, wondering what it was about the first part. You discussed it, I thought about it. I like this one a lot and rescind my former thoughts.
    I like it!

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