Thursday, April 18, 2013

2013 "poem in your pocket day"

in keeping w/my annual "poem in your pocket" tradition, i went w/a different poet this year - charles bukowski.  he is someone i typically associate w/fiction, not poetry.  but, like kerouac, never underestimate the poems that a novelist can create.  i like this one - not just because it was created in the early days of the personal computer revolution (1985/86), but if you were to update the technology allusion, it would still resonate today :D

16-bit Intel 8088 chip

with an Apple Macintosh
you can't run Radio Shack programs
in its disc drive.
nor can a Commodore 64
drive read a file
you have created on an
IBM Personal Computer.
both Kaypro and Osborne computers use
the CP/M operating system
but can't read each other's
for they format (write
on) discs in different
the Tandy 2000 runs MS-DOS but
can't use most programs produced for
the IBM Personal Computer
unless certain
bits and bytes are
but the wind still blows over
and in the Spring
the turkey buzzard struts and
flounces before his

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