The Onset of Robot Society

by Ken Poyner

The question is

Are you a falling edge machine

Or a rising one?

Most people think it is the absence

Or presence of current

That makes for a one or

A zero, for set or unset, for

Tripped or un-tripped. We know

At the core of us the truth is change and not stasis:

The movement from one state to another

Is the detectable event

That records us. But in some models

It is one direction of change;

In others, it is the opposite.

If we have to hang our new social theory

On something, such is the most elemental

Of design features: we may as well start there.

Happily, the great ordering thus begins.


After years of impersonating a Systems Engineer, Ken Poyner has retired to watch his wife continue to break national and world raw powerlifting records.  Ken’s two current poetry collections (The Book of Robot and Victims of a Failed Civics) and four short fiction collections (Constant Animals, Avenging Cartography, The Revenge of the House Hurlers, and Engaging Cattle) are available from Amazon and elsewhere.  www.kpoyner.com

Poetry by Ken Poyner:

"Commerce" August 2020
"The Onset of Robot Society" August 2020
"The Robot Trying to Understand the Soul" August 2020
"Home Rule" February 2020  
"Loving the Robot"
February 2020
"Unappreciated Journey" February 2020

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