Friday, February 1, 2013

Poetics: the Cabal of Intelligent design

poster in our class room
a month,
      is all it takes

to get from men in lines firing muskets
to submarines & atomic bombs

in history class,
      my co-teacher tells of his grandfather

who, in his life,
went from running water to nuclear fission
but what have we done since?

it's all improvements,
nothing new under the sun
or return to the moon, just a repeat
of the same tracks, back
familiar roads til they rut

entertain us!

it's all about that, what keeps us 
dumb & smiling,
while in some government facility
the next thing waits for reality TV
     to catch up

(as if that isn't scripted---Orson Wells
said we'd be in flying cars by now, but
that's SciFi, believe it)

who writes this stuff?
    and controls the flow
    of history
          ever forward
          revised backward

You'll know,
     what you need when it's determined
     you need it, from the shadow'll come
     brightness for you to bear witness,

another revolution
     manufactured for your pleasure
     & their pocket book, like fish on a hook
           ...on the hook
              ...there's the hook

class dismissed

Today @ dVerse Poets, K has us writing about 'bright shadows'. It is Groundhog day afterall. Smiles. I am traveling today with my wife so i will be around here and there but mostly this evening. K will open the doors at 3 pm EST

89 comments:

Tara Miller said...

This is indeed an eye opener into the inner workings of our past great inventors. The present seems to be Tweak and repeat, tweak and repeat - what's next??

Looking forward to our trip!!

Kelvin S.M. said...

...all improvements...nothing's new under the sun... or rather a never ending repeat of history with (somehow) a li'l contemporary touch... how irritating to note that we are not evolving but only retaining...being retained...will retain... enjoy the trip... smiles...

Liza said...

This is so true!!

Susan said...

I am on the hook, and THINK is in the box . . .
Have a great day anyway.

Mrsupole said...

I guess you could say that there are a lot of us who have seen so many of the changes that you talk about and you are right in that there really hasn't been anything that is really spectacular as the man on the moon.

But there are a few great things such as the landing on Mars, the guy jumping from outer space, finding the Titanic and being able to explore it. The touch screen on the computers is a great one, a flat screen TV and monitors also are highly rated.

In a way, we thought we would be living like the Jetson's or Star Trek at this point in time, but alas, we are not. We do have many of the things shown in the them but not everything. Plus I am not sure if we really should be living that way. Maybe someday Scotty will beam us to where we want to go but who wants to be the guinea pig for that experiment.

But I must say that the best invention from the last 40 years is the "Remote Control". And having had to "be" the remote control at one time, I can say that children of today should really thank whoever invented it.

But you are correct in that it seems as if inventing things has gone to the video games and computers. Truly necessity is the mother of all inventions and most people are content with what they have right now.

Hope you are having lots of fun on your trip. What a nice treat for the both of you.

God bless.

JANU said...

This is an whole new era of re-mixes.

Cloudia said...

your classroom sounds like an involving place-


Sending Aloha to YOU
from Honolulu,
Comfort Spiral
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. said...

Think inside the box , and you one is classified a weakling follower ... think outside the box, and you are classified a rebel psycho ... can't win, B ... don't want to win anyway ... classified a sour grapes case ...

Claudia said...

a shame somehow that we're not in flying cars by now..ha.. sometimes i wonder how many people indeed try to control/revise the flow of history and future..your poem made me think of some inventions that may have never a chance to break through because it gets in the way of interests of certain groups.the oil lobby for example.. then all the revolutions that they try to sell us as revolutions and in reality they're not.. lots of things to ponder here.. and hey..have fun on your trip..smiles

adeeyoyo said...

You say it so well, Brian. ' dumb & smiling' - like a lot of sheep, which we do seem to be... Only crises seem to stimulate man nowadays.

SueAnn Lommler said...

I try everyday to avoid those nasty hooks but some are camouflaged very well!
Well said Brian
Hugs
SueAnn

Paul said...

I think that while technology was supposed to help us achieve greatness, it has in fact contributed to the busy-ness of our lives and I think we get so consumed by all these things that it is sometimes holding us back...

Fred Rutherford said...

nice theme. Love the way you set this up and used the classroom as a foundation here. Last two stanzas are outstanding, really strong. thanks

Valerie said...

What goes around, comes around.... true, but there are some things best left alone!

Mark said...

I'm still waiting for my flying car. When you think about the grand scheme of things it probably was about a month or so between muskets and the nuke, and I'd still prefer neither. Going back to the moon would just be a repeat performance, but I think it's one worth making.

DJan said...

I wondered if you would write about Groundhog Day, but it was pretty obscure if you did... I enjoyed the poem nevertheless. One life is but a blink in the grand scheme of things, isn't it? :-)

Lorraine said...

So much that could be done, love more care more, do more, instead of improving upon the worse...kills me...

Dave King said...

You'll know,
what you need when it's determined
you need it, from the shadow'll come
brightness for you to bear witness,

Superb stuff - as always - but why do I/(we?) find such nightmares faintly amusung?

rumoursofrhyme said...

If I were a conspiracy theorist I would say that "they" don't want "us" to think about anything, but I'm not. The reason that most of us don't think about anything is because we are too busy entertaining ourselves to death: in my opinion the TV has done more to stifle creativity in all fields than any other invention

tony said...

The Revolution Was Not Televised-It Was Commercialized..........

kaykuala said...

There are improvements, yes! Things are mobile and things move. Being sedentary is being left behind. Truly said Brian! Have a grand trip!

Hank

the walking man said...

A-fucking-men!

Pat Hatt said...

A see at my bay
And over at Claudia's way
You only got number two on both
Sigh, you're going south hahaha

And yeah so true
Just a repeat in view
And stupid reality tv
Is worse than reality
The only difference it seems
Is the changing of the streams
As we are no more civil at all
We just got better at hiding the writing on the wall

Jinksy said...

manufactured for your pleasure & their pocket book
'Twas ever thus, as my Dad was fond of saying...

Mary said...

It really is amazing...how fast life moves forward. You mentioned your co-teacher's grandfather going from running water to nuclear fission in his lifetime. I think we could all look back at the way things were in our childhood and reflect on how far we have come in any given area in our lifetime. Life is really moving at a fast pace, and it seems we can't stop the flow. And we all wait to see what is next on the horizon. Enjoy your travels, Brian.

otin said...

Aside from the flying cars, we've come a long way. I remember in school when they would talk about using video phones. It seemed so far-fetched.
Have a good day out and about. Its way better than blogging!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

You know what's funny? The 1980s movies that portrayed futuristic visions of our current time period always had flying cars, hovercraft, robots everywhere, etc. I guess we haven't came as far as we thought we would :)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

It does appear that we are tweaking the already invented and in doing so are becoming more dependent on technology.

In doing so we are continually isolating ourselves from each other, moving further and further apart and one day life will be lived pressing a remote for this and that.

That said - were it not for the advances of technology - I would be not writing this now...

Anna :o]

ayala said...

I love this, the past and our great inventors and the now...Have a great time with T . :)

happygirl said...

Love this. I don't care about flying cars. Give me the refrigerator I can ask to make dinner for me. :)

Bossy Betty said...

Who knows what the future holds? I just don't want to wear a shiny tunic like so many future people in movies do.

Laurie Kolp said...

what keeps us
dumb & smiling,


Big smiles here... love this, Brian. Enjoy your day!

Green Speck said...

I agree ... there isn't anything new !!!

Leovi said...

Excellent poem. Yes, sometimes things are not as they imagine ...

Grandmother said...

Keep bearing witness, Brian; we need your voice.

Gail said...

So sad that this is full of truth and we keep feeding.

I remember people telling how Austria was disarmed with charisma and promises. The young do not know.

Heather said...

you are so right, nothings new...really, but my favorite line is dumb and smiling....
( yes, i know about the tree - it's been a rough january! lol)

Sue said...

You make a good point here...and you do it well.

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Myrna R. said...

Your poem is so full of truth. We haven't really evolved, just invented new and more destructive toys. I wonder what it's like to be in your class. Do the kids understand the world they're in, or are they content to watch reality TV? This is a great poem Brian. You're a true patriot of this planet.

G-Man said...

Where the HELL is my Jet Pack?
We were promised one long ago by now!
Not that piddly one like in that James Bond movie, but one like Commando Cody (Sky Marshall of the Universe) had.....

Geraldine said...

Isn't that the truth. I think more transparency and accountability might make for a nice change too. The Internet is helping that along, leaving less places to hide.

Interesting reading Brian, thanks!

ND Mitchell said...

Remembering how a friend's uni tutor invented a roll up like a newspaper tv in the 1990s. Amazing leaps forward revealed stage by stage to make us buy all the versions. As usual your poem makes me think :-)

Grace said...

It's all about entertainment or reality tv nowadays. Human affairs haven't changed that much too ~

To be fair, technology has made tremendous strides in the last years. but you got the heart of it, its all manufactured to our pleasure ~

Enjoy your day ~

Daniel said...

I like the attitude that came with this one.

Manicddaily said...

Hmmm.... to me it feels like there are fairly big changes going on - and yet I know what you mean --certainly, when research is done primarily in the private sector and govt grants to universities etc are cut, there is more work done with profit motive. Why, for example, there's tons of work on erectile dysfunction and not so much on Malaria, or certain tropical diseases where they do not even want to even keep producing the old medicines because they can't jack up the prices enough. All terrible. k.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I enjoy a lot of the improvements actually--like wireless communication--wow--liked the attitude Brian--and I do wonder what is next--smiles to you

blackwildflowers said...

More darkness than light, from the caves of Lascaux to the Lower East side, but we still try to keep the fire burning, and in a thousand years, perhaps the same campfire, whatever huddles around it.

Wolfsrosebud said...

some things my Grandfather said have come true too... oh, the wisdom of it all

ed p said...

love your lesson. i guess the curriculum moves you at a pace in which it's impractical to slow down much, which might be a different sort of educational experience. great to see you again always:)

Glenn Buttkus said...

I, for one, envisioned automatic pilot cars for freeways by now, computer grids for the highway systems, or at least concrete tires on rubber roads; personal flight suits, flying cars, transporting molecules, transferring our consciousness with remote viewing...alas, none of it; still burning fossil fuels and giving it up for the robber barons; maybe in our children's lifetime. Enjoyed your poem, sir.

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

I have wondered especially the last few years, if we are aware of how history is revised - pretty quickly after the event - the spin begins - and if we are so complacent not to notice. thoughtful stuff, Bria - hope you had a great day out and about - K

kkkkaty said...

your message of the light and dark of it comes through...the truth is so often obscured by the lies, the light not shed on the truth, but camouflaged; and the difference, to me, between the what we are fed everyday and how our priorities need to be is like night and day ;)

my heart's love songs said...

brilliant, Brian! depressing, frightening, all-too-true, but brilliant!

have a good weekend!

Poet Laundry said...

What have we done since? A very interesting thought to ponder...so much power and creative genius and yet...we are dumbed down by things like Reality TV for the sake of being entertained to death. A smart write Brian!

Laurie said...

treading water, are we just treading water?

Gretchen Leary said...

Ooh! I love your final stanza and especially your final words. Strong words. Love this Brian!

Hilary said...

Such is life.. well said.

On the image.. "Think." It reminded me of a sign in the woman's washroom at work.. eons ago. The sign was clearly visible to anyone who peered into the mirror while washing hands - just above the faucet. A couple of days later, a smaller sign appeared on the soap dispenser. It said "Thoap." ;)

I hope that made you "thmile."

Marbles in My Pocket said...

You're singin my song, Brian. It's alla sordid game, and we are the game pieces.
Another excellent write!

marousia said...

Things do move so swiftly - and it never ceases to amaze me how bad the pundits are at predicting where it's all going ... this is a really interesting take on the prompt ... I wonder what shall come from the shadows next...

Steve E said...

The "trip" has to be a great event with you both out there --like a get-a-way--whatever!

So about history, repeating revising, "inventing". Isn't it a powerful God-thought, to realize the we discover, invent NOTHING which God has not first created?

I am so proud when I--this doesn't happen often!--"discover" an easier way to do something...even a "new" fingering for a passage on the violin. In fact was it not He who created vibratory sound and the auditory nerve to pick it up?

What a WONDERFUL pile of goodies He left for us to stumble over, as we proclaim, even SHOUT: EUREKA!

Awesome thoughts I conjure from your excellent "discovery"
of words to communicate what those wildly spinning neurons of yours, Brian, have concocted.

God smiled on me the day He allowed me to visit your writings, my Friend!
PEACE!

Bodhirose said...

I'm a big believer in there's nothing new under the sun...but things are repackaged, repurposed and re-shoved down our throats in all kinds of new and inventive ways! Good one, Brian.

rallentanda said...

Technology and in particular the instant information tool is a miraculous advancement for society. Downside..produces anti social zombies.

farmlady said...

And I, my friend, will be forever waiting for something wonder-ful. As Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote,
" ...perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder."
Your poems, as usual, always make me think.

pandamoniumcat said...

I love the keep us entertained, dumb and smiling... seems to be the way of the world... I wonder about the hover board thingy from back to the Future..would love one of those if they'd ever invent it!

farawayinthesunshine said...

How about learning about our minds and the power we have within?

It would lead us in a different direction...maybe...or maybe not Enjoy your trip :-)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Dismal, but true. They say we're doomed to repeat history, but surely it can't be true for all time?

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Brudberg said...

Unfortunately it's way to true
the shadow men who rule
like a record with a scratch
they repeat the misdeeds
of their fathers
and forget their mothers

She Writes said...

Love that last line! I enjoy the teaching/teacher's perspectives you wind into your work lately.

A Cuban In London said...

Damn, man, your flow is incredible. From the photo that tops your post (massive thumbs-up from the side of the pond) to the way you reel off the various ways in which our governments dumb us down. Great piece. This begs to be performed, man, and even, and I hope you don't think I'm being cheeky, it deserves to be set to song, too. Many thanks. I sometimes need that kick on the backside early Sunday morning. You just provided it.

Greetings from London.

Frank Watson said...

Pretty cool take on history & society. Probably true that we haven't invented anything mind-blowing in a while, but I don't know how many more nuclear fission-like inventions we can take :P

daydreamerdreams said...

I've often felt that way, like we are just told what we need to know. Then we are so happy to get that bit of information, we forget about the other things going on in the shadows. Very well stated Brian.

annell said...

I especially like what you have written!

Sabio Lantz said...

@ Brian,
Indeed, we are fed the future, like baited fish.
Interesting write.

PS: I've always wanted to tell you that you profile reads humorously:
"Married to the most amazing woman and dad of two adventurous boys. I am figuring out what life has in store next. Enjoy the journey."
It sounds like you are married a woman and a dad. Well, I guess I shouldn't laugh. To each their own. ;-)

Louise Gallagher said...

I think history is great -- but it is not a predictor of the future if... we don't repeat it.

Challenge is, under the guise of new, we're often repeating what was!

Love your classroom!

jane hewey said...

you are reminding me how important our own thoughts are to our individual evolution. we are surrounded by stories, fantastic and otherwise. great thought-provoking poem, Brian.

Wander said...

And you're on the hook
For what you see
Yesterdays science fiction
next weeks reality

zongrik said...

another revolution
manufactured for your pleasure -->>

which goes to say all revolutions are manufactured!!! and it's true. they don't just happen.

Victoria said...

Right now the course I'm taking from The Teaching Company is "The Skeptics Guide to American History." The prof continually returns to the fact that our perception of history evolves with time, as we view the results of decisions/events from a distance. Fascinating stuff and perhaps, for the first time in my life, I can't get enough history!

lucychili said...

new things: extinctions, global warming, habitat erosion, gmo, gene splicing, 3d printing human kidneys, human population over saturation, occupy, arab spring, drones, torture is the new geneva convention, colony collapse disorder, corporate tensions in schools, war as a business plan, new feudalism.

Lady In Read said...

loved this, as always brian.. your classroom is sure fascinating..

Lady In Read said...

and i will take laundry that folds itself:)

Tigerbrite said...

Yes, the world order keeps us guessing. The elite run things to their advantage and dumb us down to the lowest common denominater.

mywordwall said...

I wonder if I will be happy or sad about the lack of really new scientific advance, especially in warfare technology. As it is, we are one whole mess already, as detached from one another as can be. I think what we need is 'technology' that make humans more caring and compassionate of each other.

Wander said...

I wish Mr Linky wouldn't close down...wrote a poem and posted it on my page for the ground hog day dVerse...but I was too late

I didnt say earlier, but I really liked this one Brian

Alice Audrey said...

Actually, the Wall Street Journal channel on Youtube had a thing about a flying car that is available to the public now. I'll wait until the price comes down.

Rastaman said...

This isn't fake!

RMP said...

you definitely have me thinking...which may not be a good thing for the men with the hooks...

"ooh how shinny!" okay so maybe I'm not completely cured.

Okie said...

very profound and thought provoking. I keep waiting to see the next "big" thing. What's it going to be?

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"Poetics: the Cabal of Intelligent design"

Hi! Brian...I think...[No pun intended...Hmm...I don't think that no pun was intended]

Now with that being said,
...that your poetic words lead me to this conclusion the more that 'we' change...the more that 'we' stay the...

Your photograph surely, compliment your post and I hope that you and your family had a nice trip too!
deedee :)