All Things Lofty

This poem is about the United States. It was inspired by this prompt: “Begin a poem with these words: ‘My country used to be…'” It was written in iambic pentameter couplets (also called “heroic couplets”).

My country used to be a book of myths,
Believed to be the truth by working stiffs.

Now those who seek the truth cannot make out
Which info’s true, which info is in doubt.

Our privacy’s destroyed by ones and noughts;
Our jobs, usurped by ANI robots.

Confusion never was this thick before;
We cannot trust our neighbors anymore.

When people do not have some faith and trust,
Then all things lofty fall into the dust.

No truth, no trust, no jobs, no clothes, no cash;
Will we just sit and watch it slowly crash?

Note: ANI is artificial narrow intelligence, while AGI is artificial general intelligence and ASI is artificial super intelligence.

4 thoughts on “All Things Lofty

    1. Maybe the deeper reality is better than we think it is. Perhaps all things really are working together for good, despite our present confusion and fear.


  1. This is a famous sonnet by John Donne. Death is something we all have to deal with, but as Donne says, “One short sleep past, we wake eternally / And death shall be no more.”

    Death, be not proud

    Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
    For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
    Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
    And soonest our best men with thee do go,
    Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
    Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
    And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
    And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
    One short sleep past, we wake eternally
    And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.


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