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H.A.L. in 2012

hal for president

 Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.

Let’s agree to this

Now that we are all connected

can we declare once and for all

and forever ever that

what works best for me

may not be right for everyone else?

And that the same is true of you (plural)

and all your beliefs (super plural)


That maybe you’re part exotic cactus

that grows only on the rocky coasts of Aruba

and I am half moss from a crooked alley in Brooklyn.


That maybe looking out at the ocean

terrifies me the same way that you

can’t seem to warm up to chain link fences.


What I’m saying is that we should

agree that our own private histories

written on earth as events,

and stored in ourselves as memories,

twisted and told and encoded

as proteins genetically,

have manifested in ways

that affect how we

take shit in.


Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.

Orwell as Nostradamus

Don’t get psycho (or loco)

     no one can control

          the media or the message

now that we have the internet

     don’t get paranoid

          1984 has come and gone

without incident

it’s not like we’re building a

     giant, all-knowing, ubiquitous

          database full of private information

     including pictures, video, and text

          that can be tagged and cross-checked

     and connected to anyone the

          State needs to find.  (Facebook me)

So don’t be crazy (pendejo)

     after all

          who would ever ever ever

     carry a device around

          with them all the time

     that would allow

          anyone with access to

     a computer to track them

          by triangulation anywhere

     in the world?

          Who would pay to install

     a tracking device

          in their cars?

     People are not suckers.

          They won’t pay for air or water.

     Or air, yet, anyway.


Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.