Could the Wright brothers ever
begin to imagine air travel today?
Thirty-thousand feet, wall-to-wall
clouds, spread a vast, gray ocean.
Can we even pretend to imagine
what modes of travel might rule
our future transportation, human,
freight, concepts, feelings beliefs?
Will we perch before flickering
blue-screen idols, show pictures
of cats, food we eat, argue with
strangers, think we’re connected?
Will we forfeit contact, eschew,
human touch, to avoid fanatics,
all their permutations, iterations,
so we won’t be shot, blown up?
Perhaps we’ll travel in avatars.
3D beings projecting our faces
or projecting looks we choose.
Who we wish we were, are not.
Like pictures for on-line dating.
Young, thinner, more feminine,
masculine, our younger selves,
Show we don’t have wisdom to
Be who we have become within,
without, growing, changing, yet,
always our self, from top-to-toe.
At peace with us and so with all.
All this, by imagining what future
travel might be and whether it will
Exist in any physical form, though
I expect that we’ll lose touch, fail.
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