Four years ago, I began a series of five volumes on the topic of whether the human species would be erased, and if so by what. All five were subtitled "A Catalog of Imaginary Creatures". In light of the ever-increasing dialogue about what A.I. is doing to us, and whether it will eventually eliminate us entirely, I bring you here the libretto of Volume Two. In the book it is followed by provocative CAD images of the creatures that might supercede us, if we cannot resist our addiction to violence.
If we are erased
Shrouded in mystery
Kidnapped from history
Are there any more of us
Out there, anywhere?
Are they any calmer, kinder, wiser?
Or just as pugilistic
Just as bully-prone and bullet-ridden
Just as obsessed with sides/cides
Like genocides, femicides, taking sides?
We were no picnic in the grass
For Mother Earth
Rather her badass
Offspring, unsprung, gone berserk.
What if another Chelyabinsk or Chicxulub
Comes to call
Leaving relentless silence
If we are erased.
When we are erased
Who will hit undo?
I don't know.
c. Corinne Whitaker 2015 - 2019
Silence in another sense is the subject of our new book, "The Empty Bed", available on amazon
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