2000

Orwell was a bit
ahead of himself
It will be the year 2000
not 1984
When the world is put on the
shelf.

Then over the nations
a silence will descent
As computers sign off
& users get the deep-knee
bends

I guess few programmers
Thought they’d live this long
As they programmed away
Humming their computer
songs.

So the ultimate year
for which most programs are
geared
Is the year 1999
‘Tis the year they all fear.

So, what will happen
On this New Year’s
Eve?
As we dine and dance
What do YOU believe?

Did Santa’s elves
Figure this out?
Did they leave miracles
When they were about?

Or on New Year’s Day
will the world be found
Adding & subtracting
With a nice quiet
sound?

Will the world ounce
more
be populated with those
who can still handwrite
a letter
And some purple
prose?

Will we return to the days
When we did sums in our heads
And our friends were alive
Face to Face
One on one
INSTEAD . . . .
of cyberspace midgets
and computer clones?
HURRAY! at last
maybe then we will get a
LIVE VOICE
on the phone.

1997

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