Poem – Computer Virus (By David Russell)
Gulleted in spark glint veins
Flabbering circuits in floppies
Print-out piled high, choking, crimped;
Programme busy; not applied;
Germs swallowed ink;
Greek symbol coffee grounds
The winking green a vaccine
The quantum got under the mouse
Insufficient disk space.
We crash the orbit.
A spiky cursor jams backlogs
Danger: Programme Overloaded.
Blacked flash; inked screen transferred;
Teeth in the bytes
And have you seen a paper jam
A heated crumple coming strong?
Graphic rings blotching
All could explode –
The old typewriter’s gone to rust.
David Russell was born in 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube.
This poem is part of the complete collection; Speculum: Collected Poetry and Prose, by David Russell.
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