Singularity Perspective

Billowing from vanished point
a burgeoning of steam to storm
delivers us some raging train
accelerating where we wait
upon this track as we look back
at ages wrenched industrial
when everything became machines
careening into future dreams
with little sense of fright or plight

- but now the nightmare of this sight,
designs returning vengefully
in ways the world would never see:

polluted water, soil, skies,
scourging wonders, wanting whys,
conductorless, inertial speed
improbable to slow, impede.

Some suggest, "Just step aside,"
while others smirk, "Enjoy the ride."

We've only moments to decide
until choice and fate collide.

Singularity Perspective © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: August 6, 2019