Asking HAL

Does a

— hateful Devil smile —

When software

— robs a livelihood?

When children

— lose their minds?

And rich

— get richer —

Offering pills

— promising happiness

While building machinery

— more necessary —

Than

— what breathes & sees?

Can currency

— drive an evolution —

One where

— creative angels fall —

Flying

— no more

Earbuds blocking

— Divine Whisper’s call?

Spirits

— invisible & forgotten

Becoming lumps of flesh

— devouring —

What

— commercials suggest

Never putting down

— a microphone & lens —

Circuits

— witnessing their fall?

Appetite

— replacing dreams

No longer

— moving or making…

Nor…living…lives

— that give them —

Something other

— than gray concrete

A window

— and some toilet paper…

Tiny cubicles —

— piled atop one another

Prisons

— more than homes

Only allowed to share

— a collective’s rotting fruit

As well-bought politicians

— rule on what is “necessary” —

Rather than

— what releases Hope —

(Their freezers full

— of $10 ice cream pints —

And the flesh

— of what they kill)…

Does a Devil

— devise such plans

Or do the lazy

— simply fall in place

Watching

— brainless videos

Minds filled

— by Likes & Shares

Never considering

— what —

Someone else’s ideas

— mean —

For the Possibility such

— declining Fates allow?

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