Size / / /

(to a wireless wearable computerite)

Born swimmer in the data stream, you wear
as effortlessly as a trout its gills
this latest means of never needing air.

No doubt the cyborg lifestyle has its thrills:
your spectacles with that eyecorner screen
keep you so well informed it's near obscene
to plebeians without. I must confess,
however, to a sudden Luddite chill
when contemplating your connectedness:
which part is host, & which the parasite?

By now, I fear, the two are so enmeshed
that neither exorcism nor the knife
could liberate such long-neglected flesh.


Copyright © 2002 Ann K. Schwader

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Ann K. Schwader lives & writes in Westminster, Colorado. She is an active member of both SFWA and HWA. Her poetry collection, The Worms Remember, appeared last spring from Hive Press.

Ann K. Schwader lives, writes, and volunteers at her local branch library in Westminster, CO. Her most recent poetry collection is Twisted in Dream (Hippocampus Press 2011). Her dark SF poetry collection Wild Hunt of the Stars (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2010) was a Bram Stoker Award nominee. She is a member of SFWA, HWA, and SFPA. Her LiveJournal is Yaddith Times.
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