This page contains:
- Disregard for personal autonomy
- Body transformation
- Drug use
Manual Pictorial Guide to The Alpha-Numeric Language:
The alphabets and numbers in the rows and columns are a guide through which one can understand the language spoken in the future. For example, A symbolises 1. So when you say 1-20-5, it means A-T-E, ate.
In the end of the universe, will there also be singing?
We ask our mother while she gathers milk from the
Dragon’s nest. Yes, there will be great singing of UFOs
And flying saucers bringing us mules from the future.
Speaking of future, my mother made us trade our native
Tongue for an alpha-numerical language. You see, this
Was the language of the future, where man and machine
Could co-exist. Where my sister’s torn limbs found freedom
In the glide of the air. In the future, everything is machine-
Run. Nobody speaks their mother tongue for fear of being
Reduced to ash. Once, while we gathered mushrooms from
The moist sky, I heard a man complain, saying, o ti rẹ mi. And
That was the last we heard from him. In the centillionth
Year after my sister tore her limbs, my mother saw the need
To teach us the machine language. Because in the future,
Survival is hinged on how well you can talk your way out of
Things. In the future, one cannot afford to be introverted,
Because everything is run by machines. Once, over a bridge
At the window, I had flown my rocket-pack to a pharmacy
To get drugs for my sister. When I said 16-1-9-14, the robots
Had thought I meant only pain; so they strapped me to an
Electric chair, and began an intensive circuitry scan of my
Body. When I said: 16-1-9-14 18-5-12-9-5-6, they understood
I meant pain relief. I never speak of that day to my mother
For fear of what she might say, but in the future, mothers got
To be mothers by placing chips in the body of their offspring.
That way, when they said, “I am your mother, I know everything”
It was merely a planted-aid, not an intuition. As far and as long
As teaching the language goes, my mother never spoke our
Native tongue to us again. Even in this poem, 9 3-8-15-15-19-5
20-15 19-16-5-1-11 13-1-3-8-9-14-5 12-1-14-7-21-1-7-5.