Shock Level Two

“Medical immortality, interplanetary exploration, major genetic engineering, and new (‘alien’) cultures. The average SF fan.”

—Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, “Future Shock Levels

To be gods, not One,
and in immortality have
in origin not one birth but
several, separated by
first one lifetime and then,
what, an exponential many
and a galaxy or more?

Paired to technology, not gods
but women witnessing
to wires and rain, devotion to self,
birth, haptic holding, heroics,
skinned and genderless myths
rising out of dust and ribs
and iron, every day finding
a way to walk again, to walk away.

Animals in time writ large
and directioned, arrowed
ever forward, and in detail
sweaty and fragrant, silicon-pierced
hide, stubbed and clawed. Cyborg
is the wrong word. Human suffices.

Assuming this is our singular
transcendence. Human may yet
label the last tombstone, not
parent or sister but the ash
through which A.I. walks away.

#NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 12

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.