The Descent

Soft light over valleys resting in shadow

cradled by mountains grasping at the sky

lords of the winding rivers gone far away

to quench the horizon’s thirst for more

The pull of that beckoning divide

that urge to descend beyond what eyes can see

already halfway there before the mind knows it’s moving

and by then it’s too late to stop, too late to resist

gathering speed down rocky slopes

the world dissolving into color and shadow

melting away and seeping under the skin

the weight of every possibility dragged down

with a body now remembering what it is to dissolve

and flow with wide currents toward a horizon it can never reach

Finally getting around to reading 2001: A Space Odyssey. Even having seen the movie already, it has me captivated. The fact that it was published in 1968 blows me away—just like the movie, it captures a sense of the future that even to this day seems far removed from us.

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2 thoughts on “The Descent

  1. I was at a conference on computational intelligence in about 2000, and the after dinner speaker talked about 2001 and HAL. And at that point we had computers that could do almost everything HAL could, although not lip-reading. In some ways we’re pretty close to what Clarke guessed, but in others, like space travel, way way off. No one has been on the moon in my lifetime – reading a lot of sci-fi as a kid, I was devastated when I discovered that. I still feel kind of ripped off.

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