Smombies

Smartphone zombies
Marching to and fro
Eyes on their screens
Every where they go

Eyes glazed, oblivious
To the environment all around
Their fingers fly in frenzy
When they hear that little sound

That says they’ve got a message
from one of their zombie mates
or a new and exciting offer
that promises new zombie rates

They say a cure is coming
They say there’ll be no pain
a little chip inside you
connected to your brain

There will be no privacy
no coffees with your mate
you’ll be a part of the wiring
of the technocratic zombie state

Smartphone zombies
marching to and fro
caching data from your eyes
every where you go!

Peter Roe – March 2020

What Did You Do In The War?

I was a clicktavist on the font line when the politicians scammed the people and the tyrants screamed ‘fake news’

I was there when we built the machines that rolled into peoples homes distracting them with cats and puppies

I was there when we trained the captains of industry that steered our financial systems onto the rocks

I was one of the dealers that enabled the addicts to get streaming media and access to celebrity culture

I apologise unreservedly for my part in the dissemination of early memes

I beg your forgiveness for the damage to the environment caused by the throwaway technology that we created

I am sorry for my role in releasing the billion headed hydra that hijacked the world wide web scatting spam and deceit and releasing troll armies on an unsuspecting population

So… What did I do in the war?

I trained the people who are fighting back against the relentless tide of stultifying stupidity

I am opening people’s eyes to prevent blind obedience to the corporate message

I am shouting my truth from every platform and every technological device at my disposal

So… What are you doing in the war?

I am not a silent poet

I was a clicktavist on the font line
when the politicians scammed the people
and the tyrants screamed ‘fake news’
I was there when we built the machines
that rolled into peoples homes
distracting them with cats and puppies
I was there when we trained the captains of industry
that steered our financial systems onto the rocks
I was one of the dealers that enabled the addicts
to get streaming media and access to celebrity culture

I apologise unreservedly for my part
in the dissemination of early memes
I beg your forgiveness for the damage to the environment
caused by the throwaway technology that we created
I am sorry for my role in releasing the billion headed hydra
that hijacked the world wide web scatting spam and deceit
and releasing troll armies on an unsuspecting population

So… What did I do in the war?

I trained the people who are…

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The Fastest Dinosaur in the World

Today I would like to focus
On Dippy the Diplodocus
It seems he’s already on tour
Dippy ‘The Flat Pack’ Dinosaur

When he arrives at each destination
He’s assembled for public observation
With labels and signs all around
And weights to keep his feet on the ground

No dinosaur will ever move faster
Than Dippy whose cast out of plaster
This giant jigsaw puzzle of bones
Can be snapped by you on your phones

And his image will be sent by tonight
To your mates at the speed of light
So no dinosaur will ever move faster
Than Dippy whose made out of plaster

 

All rights reserved
Peter Roe 2018

Tiddles The Quantum Cat

You may have heard a tale that folks relate
About a cat in a box in a quantum state
That cat is neither alive or dead when its hid
You can only make sure when you lift the lid

Now Tiddles the cat was the one whose fate
Had been tied forever into that quantum state
So when his mates came and gave him a shout
He couldn’t go because he was neither in nor out

Poor little Tiddles he just wasn’t really sure
Who he really was and if he existed any more
Being both dead and alive it seems to me
Means that he is probably just a Zombie

One night each year when the veils are thin
Reality gets twisted and they let the others in
So leave out a box with sweets and stuff like that
In case you need to feed Tiddles the Zombie Cat

And if you are out and about on Halloween Night
And hear a strange noise that gives you a fright
It’s probably just Tiddles the Zombie Cat
Knocking over bins or something like that

 

All Rights Reserved – Peter Roe – October 2017

I’d Rather Be in Bridport

Wib Wab… Wib Wab… Wib Wab say the wipers in the rain
Amongst the symphony of drops on the window pane
And when the big drops splash on the roof above
There’s something quite nice about the rain I love

I see some folks go rushing by
To the local shops or just somewhere dry
umbrellas held firmly against the day
As they hurry and scurry along their way

I’d rather be damp or a little bit wet
Than snug and dry on a holiday jet
I’d rather be in Bridport in the rain
Than a sun kissed beach in sunny Spain

There’s something quite lovely about the rain
And I’d rather be in Bridport than sunny Spain

 

You can see and hear this poem on You-Tube

“I’d Rather be in Bridport”

 

Is It Too Late To Be Writing Poetry?

I’m tired and I just can’t stop yawning
It’s stupid o’clock in the bloody morning

We will just have to wait and see
If it’s too late to be writing poetry?

I really need some divine intervention
perhaps an elixir of lyrical inspiration

I drifted and snoozed and finally slumped
and only woke when my head got bumped!

Perhaps a surgeon would do instead
To remove this keyboard from my head

T’was The Night Before Christmas…

It was the Night Before Christmas and with the click of my mouse
I had turned off the lights throughout our wired house
We don’t have a chimney so in case someone cares
The kids had hung stockings on the backs of their chairs
They’d gone upstairs early and rushed off to their beds
To dream of tablets and consoles which spun in their heads

And Mother in her Pyjamas and I stuffed in mine
Had demolished the mince pies and drunk all the wine
We were in bed watching the telly and having a natter
When out in the garden there came such a clatter
The lights were switched off so I took a swift glance
Through a crack in the curtains to see whats askance

There in the moonlight in the middle of the lawn
Sat a fellow in a red suit looking lost and forlorn
He seemed to have dropped something he was groping around
And he was trying to retrieve it without making a sound
After fumbling and stumbling he located his sack
And he swung it quite high and over his back

Now the garden was dark and it was getting quite late
and I’d locked all the doors and padlocked the back gate
So I wasn’t quite sure how this round fellow in red
Had landed in our garden and got me out of bed
So I put on my slippers with the holes in the toe
And descended the stairs to confront whats below

I unlocked the back door with some trepidation
And went outside to the poor fellows consternation
He was rounded and chubby and stretched out his suit
And he had this red hat and a white beard to boot…
He was most apologetic and “I’m Sorry” he said
he was embarrassed, his cheeks were quite red

I said “Don’t worry old fellow we will sort you out”
So I unlocked the gate so I could let the chap out
then up the side passage I showed him the way
But stopped in my tracks when I bumped into a sleigh
I suddenly realised this was no drunken lout
But the real St Nick who was out and about

He spoke to the reindeer gave reassurance and chat
Then straightened his suit and re-seated his hat
Then Saint Nick came up and said “I’m not sure…
why my Fat-Nav brought me to your back door.”
I said “Its probably the software on your particular device
or it could be electronic caused by the snow and the ice…”

It was clearly apparent from the Fat-Navs display
That its outdated software had caused this delay
I updated all his software using our wire less device
And made sure his antenna was free of snow and from ice
He climbed gratefully on board his updated sleigh
and shouted “Donner and Blitzen… Up up and away..”

and as he flew over Bridport and away out of sight
He said “Merry Christmas to all and Blessed Good Night!”

Peter Roe
All Rights Reserved
December 2016