Progress by Julie Cadwallader-Staub

by Vanessa

I did not just drag and drop
I did not just haul a burden so heavy
that my hands, arms, and shoulders
gave way
and I had to let it go.
 
Neither did I just browse.
I did not get on my hands and knees
and join the gentle cows
to slowly sample
whatever the open field had to offer.
 
Instead, I sat here at my desk
manipulating a mouse
which is not, in fact, a mouse
and I searched
for something on the web
that is not, in fact, a web.
 
And isn’t this how we move forward:
 
with horsepower for jet engines
and candlepower for light bulbs
we take what we understand from one era
to describe
what we don’t
in the next.

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