the new gods still have clay feet

the world is getting
terrifyingly small
he said, the immediacy
of data exchanges
& satellited conversations
compress it


perhaps, we lessen the planet
somehow to our scale
when we do not measure distances
in miles or kilometers

but rather span it
in vision faster than thought
across this globe

wired, we can forget
how fragile we are, or how small
with our eyes fixed
not on the earth
or the sun and moon reeling
indifferent to our perception

but on screens

that tell us we are the new gods
of these synthetic worlds we shape

but still breaking
where we meet the dirt

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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16 Responses to the new gods still have clay feet

  1. nelle says:

    Okay, this is powerful and so insightful.

  2. nelle says:

    The title created yet another earworm….

  3. Kyle says:

    great poem susan – i think, if the world is getting smaller (and it is) then we are getting bigger

  4. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    Lovely, Susan.

    That is why some of us try and get to the mountains, the edge of the desert(s), and into the mountains.

    To hell with the illusions of omnipotence and omniscience: we are still soft-skinned beings who have to tool ourselves.

  5. Ian Moone says:

    Funny how this reminds me, that they said ‘the world just got a whole lot bigger’ when they decommissioned the concord. Blimey how many years ago was that

  6. jomul7 says:

    The tension between wireless connection and physical connection will never end. It’s getting harder to remain afloat in a world pursuing more and more efficient ways to communicate while denying the need for physical touch.

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