Programming Breakdown

The programming has broken
Normal service
Will not resume
Anytime soon
The stalker has lost his quarry
He cannot recall
His instructions at all
Like a lone wolf
He bays at the moon

The triggers are wide of their mark
Mere words break
From their anchors
Flee the white room
The looking-glass signals
Suicide missions gone wrong
All lost to anarchy
Such a sweet flower
Is ready to bloom

The instructions are faulty
Those fallen
Were not on the list
Not chosen to die
The synapses are confused
They cannot relay
The demands of the day
Call him serial killer, the truth’s
Not as good as a lie

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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10 Responses to Programming Breakdown

  1. Love the heaviness and power of this poem.

  2. ioniamartin says:

    I love this, Helen!

    • Thanks Ionia!! It was inspired by a very interesting book I read that showed evidence that many serial killers may not have acted alone and posited interesting theories about whether some are ‘programmed’ to kill..don’t know how accurate the thesis was (possibly very or not at all I suppose…) but it made for interesting, and inspiring, reading. πŸ™‚

  3. 1WriteWay says:

    Wow, powerful poem, Helen! Love that last line, “the truth’s / Not as good as a lie.” Well-done is an understatement.

  4. sknicholls says:

    Wow Helen! The magnitude of the power in this piece. I agree with Maire…that last line.,,says it all.

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