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October 2019
 
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Witches and Warlocks

by Richard Tornello


I
Witches and warlocks,
things that go boo,
Bore me to tears.
How about you?

Brain in a vat?
Let’s talk about that.
One matrix needed.
No need to cross back

Harry, repotted…again, and again.
How much more money
for that same old The End?

(when Hunting a difference late one October)
I echolocated….on covers quite fancy,
technical contrivances, spun over and over.
The themes, they were bonded; most seem inane.
New fresh ideas?
No, they’re mostly the same,

II
Write by the numbers,
‘appears how it’s done:

Plug in the names and some historical facts;
while into that, stir some political acts.
With Computers, run silent,
With Computers, run deep,
Pour into database;
let the scenarios steep.

III
Please,
Something quite different.
Approach a new fact.
Guess what may happen if you take a new tack!

Witless and warlike.
Things that will kill.
Witless and warlike are things that will sell.


© 2009 Richard Tornello

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