NaPoWriMo 2021, Day 12: Cyberspace Celebrates


Note: I’ve been participating in National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, for years. Every April poets are given daily prompts designed to inspire new poetry and expand poetic horizons. Today’s prompt provides link to two different usage dictionaries, one so old the Esses look like Effs, the other restricted to the science-fiction sphere. Per instruction, I chose a concept from both: “celebrate” from the old one and “cyberspace” from the science-fiction one.

Cyberspace Celebrates

Consult a fashionista’s CHIC
You’re well-oppress’d & outre eke
But still your hubris takes its toll
Estranging eyesight poll to pole
Reverb & feedback keep an orb
Secure–or what’s a harbor for
Perhaps a double buttered SHEA
Astride a triple-ply Parfait
Creative brio stills debate [/] where
Eminence then Emanates

Afterword: I was a big fan of Gibson’s world of Cyberpunk after I latched onto his Neuromancer in the mid-80s, when I was in my early 30s. His was a thrilling “anything goes” imagineering, and in fact we will never know how much he influenced the early shapers of the Internet. I hope some day to catch up on my Gibson reading. Alas, I fear the hope is forlorn.

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