Still Life with a static Matrix Screensaver
Only the dust and crumb-filled keyboard
and photo of a blonde toddler hint
at human life. Neat matt-black ring-binders,
stuffed with minutes and agendas,
line-up vertically like school children
who know today is not a day to distract teacher.
On a blank screen, green machine code hangs
like crimped string, each alphanumeric
glows slightly out of focus as if stuck
in a quantum state – simultaneously yes and no,
waiting to drop into decision.
Published in "Not a Muse", Haven Books.
Emma Lee’s stories and poems are widely published. Her poetry collection, “Yellow Torchlight and the Blues” is available from Original Plus (UK) and novel “Bitter Fame” via http://www.bitterfame.webs.com/. She blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com./