engine empire, cathy park hong

the booming trade of information
exists without our paid labor
what to do with all this leisure
I blink at my orange trees

spangled with captions,
landscapes overlaid
with golden apps and speculation
nudging hope like the sham

time machinist who returns from
the future, convincing
everyone with his doctored
snapshots of restored

prosperity and a sea full
of whales huge as ocean liners
singing the call-note of our
relieved tears.

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