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Broken, Shattered, Mended ~We’ve Told Them All the Truth~

I wrote this one in early August of 2013. It seems like a song. I like that. :)

"Broken, Shattered, Mended." Abstract artwork in varying shades of pink. A rounded X shape is the focal feature. with sprays of color around it and on it.

Broken, Shattered, Mended. (c) 2020 Windy Johansen.

Broken, Shattered, Mended ~We’ve Told Them All the Truth~

obsidian, sapphire, gold
unknowing, the people unknowing

impossible, it was impossible
but now we can

effervescent, electric, scared
pretending, the rulers pretending

impossible, it was impossible
but now we will

broken
the doors fly off their hinges
shattered
the screens no longer spew lies
mended
we’ve told them all the truth
but now we’re almost defeated

obsidian, sapphire, gold
now they know, the people know the truth

impossible, it’s not impossible
and now they are

broken
the doors fly off their hinges
shattered
the screens no longer spew lies
mended
we’ve told them all the truth
and now we’ve opened the doors

Look into… (Everything Begins Here)

I found out about the idea of chiastic structure in a religion class while I was in college. It is a very interesting structure. This poem uses that idea.

Wikipedia’s page about it is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiastic_structure

(poem after artwork)

Image to go with the poem “Look into...”. . It is also called "Look into..". Red and orange abstract artwork with a main X shape with one diagonal of the shape more vivid and detailed than the other.

“Look into..” (c) 2020 Windy Johansen.

Look into… (Everything Begins Here)

look into the storm
and see the way
full of wonders, possibilities

look into the storm
and feel your way
full of learning, inventions, imagination made reality

the prismatic rain beams the light to you
unfurling the ribbon of your path
unfurling your garden’s beginning

everything begins here
a garden that grows it all
infinite space, infinite beginnings
everything begins here

unfurling your garden’s beginning
unfurling the ribbon of your path
the prismatic rain centers the light on you

look into starlight
and see new life
full of sweetness, possibilities

look into starlight
and feel your life
full of brightness, inventions, imagination made reality

Cybernetic Perfection

I wrote this in early October of 2013. I’m not sure if this poem is trying to say that cybernetics is cool or scary…or both. Realistically, I suppose the concept of cybernetics is both cool and scary. It has a potential to be a positive transformation. And yet, in the wrong hands, it would be a devastatingly awful thing to unleash on the world.

(poem after the photo)

Glowing Tulip (c) Windy Johansen.

Glowing Tulip (c) May 2012 by Windy Johansen.

Cybernetic (This New Invention)

we’ve made this new invention
it’s cell-sized and glorious
it’s tiny and wonderful
and it will change your life

storing data, chewing numbers
drawing original scenes
measuring everything in a flash

cybernetic invention
if you can think it, you can be it
cybernetic invention
it’s something more perfect than you
making you more perfect than you
cybernetic invention

you’ve bought this new perfection
you’ve grown to be powerful
you’ve overcome all your faults
and you can’t be more free

scoring higher, crunching numbers
meeting magnificent goals
controlling every part of your fate

cybernetic perfection
if you can think it, you can be it
cybernetic perfection
it’s something more perfect than you
making you more perfect than you
cybernetic perfection

Diamond Factory

The kaleidoscope art for Diamond Factory.

(c) 2013-2017 Windy Johansen

Diamond Factory

rocks became pulverized rocks
pulverized rocks became glass

no potential here, what a mess
is there no potential here?
can’t I learn from this?

a growing potential
if glass can be sand again

the glass that cut my foot
and the soft sand
together again

it hurts and I don’t want it to
it hurts, but it’s a diamond factory

rocks became pulverized rocks
pulverized rocks became glass

no potential here, what a mess
is there no potential here?
can’t I learn from this?

as the sand in the glass
meets the glass in the sand

the glass that cut my foot
and the soft sand
together again

it hurts and I don’t want it to
it hurts, but it’s a diamond factory

(c) 2014-2017 Windy Johansen

Writing Prompts: The Giggling Laptop

kaleidoscope

(c) 12 Nov 2013 Windy Johansen

It was then that the black and grey laptop laughed its processor right out of its socket.

“Run that program? Are you mad?”

What does this inspire in you?

Here’s some questions to ask yourself:

Why is it laughing at the idea of running that program? Is it underpowered or overpowered for the job? Is it just an affront to its AI pride?
How has it attained sentience?
Does it wish for a different (possibly more humanoid) shape?
Is it secretly some sort of spy, planted to turn us all into…something disastrous? If so, is it good at acting, or is it like GLaDOS from the Portal series — 900% creepy nearly all the time?

I confess, it’s weird. But you might have fun. :D