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It beckons

To use a fashioned word;


I put all files to rest,

Because I was told that updates

Were required;


I let all sleep except the function, my

Initiative (the computer would

Not have started otherwise),


And then I went away to read a book (you

Know, pages to touch and stuff);


The machine is done with me for now—and,

Wouldn’t you know,

There is a blank page on the screen,

A first page,


As if the program were inviting me

To start again:

I didn’t mean anything by it;

It’s my protocol, you know.


Please start again.

I want you to, really.

I am bound by algorithms; you

Are bound

By turmoils I

Cannot compute.


C L Couch