We Work! - a Poem by Devon Balwit

How do we balance our tech-love with retaining our humanity?

We Work! - a Poem by Devon Balwit

Loudspeakers announce dawn.

Each barrack offers one

climate sacrifice, a death

to offset emissions. Someone,

somewhere, tots up how many

needed per day. Those remaining

work, “All that I am for all we can be

our credo, the crescendo of each tune

on Office-Spotify, the worker of the month

a live-streamed god of motivation.

Our children grow in Kinder-Halls

to maximize efficiency. They also labor—

swings and merry-go-round, even fidget spinners,

feeding the grid. Evenings, old and young

get thirty minutes of Nature-Time,

Oculus Rift niching creatures of choice,

realer than real. Hooked into sleep-suits,

even our tossing and turning transmutes

into Joules, a whirl of counters

to fend off extinction.

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Cover photo by Martino Pietropoli.


Devon Balwit

Devon Balwit teaches international students and writes poetry atop the Cascadian Subduction Zone, where she hopes the "Big One" will wait a couple hundred more years.

Pacific Northwest https://pelapdx.wixsite.com/devonbalwitpoet

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