Life in the Real

J. Murdock McInnes Vasey
The Pinko Rat
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3 min readFeb 6


Is nothing what’s real and is real an illusion?
How can we have dreams amid so much confusion?
Is it nothing on something or something on nothing?
Is this depth or recursion or is this life a perversion?

Allegories, similes, and vague simulations
Metaphors, algorithms, and pure fabrications
Our lives are encoded in unending equations
We end trapped in a model of easy temptations

Can the metaverse provide for connection?
Can affection be born from such indirection?
I need to be there to show you I care
Even one step apart is too far for my heart

When emotions are virtual can we still say they are real?
Is virtually true and can I really feel?
Should I give up my life and move in your direction?
Am I falling for you or is my love a reflection?

ChatGPT, 2,17/2023

The poem “Life in the Real” by an unknown author explores the concept of reality and illusion, and how they interact with human emotions and relationships. The poem raises questions about the nature of reality and the impact of technology on human connections.

The first stanza of the poem asks whether what we perceive as real is actually an illusion, and how we can dream in a world full of confusion. The questions in this stanza suggest that the author is questioning the very nature of reality and existence.

The second stanza delves into the use of literary devices, such as allegories, similes, metaphors, and algorithms, to represent our lives. The stanza implies that our lives are complex and difficult to understand, and that we can become trapped in a model of easy temptations.

The third stanza explores the impact of technology on human connections. The author wonders if the metaverse, a virtual world, can provide a genuine connection and if virtual emotions can be considered real. The author questions if affection can be born from indirection and emphasizes the need for physical proximity to express emotions.

The final stanza focuses on the personal aspect of the poem, with the author expressing their desire to connect with someone and questioning the nature of their emotions. The stanza poses the question of whether the author’s love is genuine or a reflection of something else.

Overall, the poem “Life in the Real” raises deep questions about the nature of reality, the impact of technology on human connections, and the complexities of human emotions and relationships. The author uses a range of literary devices to express these ideas, including questions, allegories, and metaphors. The poem encourages readers to reflect on their own lives and the nature of their own reality.



J. Murdock McInnes Vasey
The Pinko Rat

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