People, so cute they are, Paulo thinks,
the same way up.
He envies those with certain knowledge,
in their environs no cloud or mist;
on their loci, labelled points,
soluble in warm
water, formulae taken
twice a day with ritual and promise.
Still Paulo knows if he should name
its power will evaporate
and taxes will be levied.
The IBM Selectric does his typing,
its golf ball spins and pirouettes
shedding tiny feathers.
Our bubbles are around us,
puddles splash beneath our naked feet,
all we want, to be cradled softly
and believed in.
Yet I hear a skyward sound outside,
the flutter of a hundred wings
projecting from each nestling
sphere that rolls along the streets,
unrequited chirping, symphonic noise in pink.
Paulo wonders—how many birds
to form an irregular
Miranda’s reading by his side.
Delete the lines about
they make no sense at all,
and it’s time to let the cat out,
he’s recharged now.
While Paulo searches for
an existential robocat,
his IBM reverts to type:
bats and beetles, paper angels, a pair
of Disney nightingales
that flit around the study.
- Selectric is an IBM trademark. IBM holds more patents than any other company, hope they haven’t patented a dodecahedron made of birds
- white noise—uniform at high and low frequencies; pink noise—fades at high frequencies.
castles made of sand (explained by Jimi Hendrix)