dots on a map

GPS can translate me
to a colored dot flashing
enmeshed in digital webs

spun from triangulation point
to triangulation point

that will tell you
where I am, not
the what or the how of it
and maybe
if my dot overlaps
or coalesces
with another dot
of a different flash rate
or shade

we could be picking peas
or making love
no difference
to that colored dot
blinking innocent location
in my purse
and his flashing
from his pocket

unaware of anything
but their own wheres

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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10 Responses to dots on a map

  1. nelle says:

    So much unsaid (by the flashing dots. I’ve yet to use anything GPS; I must be getting old.

  2. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I really like this. The penultimate stanza is my favorite part.

    • šŸ™‚ mine too, but all the GPS cares about is location, location, location, not what who those dots represent are doing…

      • Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

        I guess the GPS is like many bankers, politicians, multinational ceos and loads of other “powerful folks” in the business of business.

        • Know what? Very good point you made there–not people but dots or demographics, or (my least favorite word) consumers, or voters/constituents… Ugh. People/individuals lost in the symbols that represent them.

  3. what the GPS saw and what the GPS can say! Points only have meaning in human “spaces, places and paces” in the end!

  4. I’ve never driven but was on a drive, the GPS WAS thinking we were in Utah! Im into regular maps~ great imagery! ~Deb

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