The Last Live Act

Some day, when this yellow sun
is dying in a crimson sky
and a tangle of phosphorescent,
all-consuming vegetation
covers up the earth’s shame
and ruin, the robots will have
some poets in concrete cages,
just in case they need a new idea.

And then, the robots will drag
one of the weak, timid creatures
out into the spotlight and watch
it trying to stay alive for just one
more precious minute of what
the poet calls “consciousness”.

And then, when the life-force
bursts like a beautiful bubble
out of the poet’s open mouth
and it bows its head in death,
grinning like a fool, the entire
audience will stand up and
applaud like a lot of automatons
on holiday.

The Last Live Act

Nancy Ames

Joined January 2008

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This is a futuristic allegory, intending to highlight the distinction between artificial intelligence and human consciousness.

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