Poem - Androids Dream of Electronic Freedom

A poem by Walidah Imarisha, written in response to the original Blade Runner movie.

 

Androids Dream of Electronic Freedom

 

For Pris

 

By Walidah Imarisha

 

I sensed

the cyber hounds

closing in

before I heard them

 

even as I

waded through rivers

ofliquid metal

to hide

my digital scent

 

#6 describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about your mother

 

Accelerated

Decrepitude

incepted to die

expiration date

carved into

my programming

so I would extinguish

here

3 years and 9 months

of

human hands

hacking inside

rooting out

the core of

me

 

#8 you're watching a stage play a banquet is in progress the guests are enjoying an appetizer of raw oysters

 

I reached

my trigger point

 

and

then

I pulled

it

 

#2 he shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar

 

robotic

degrees

of freedom

 

I am

no longer

lonely

 

I think

Sebastian

Therefore I am

 

I look

to the nanoheavens

acid rain

kisses away

my biomimetic flesh

as I hear the

lasertube

whine

 

#5 the tortoise lays on its back its belly baking in the hot sun beating its legs trying to turn itself over but it can’t not without your help

 

we were

humanity’s

voigt kampf

empathy test

 

the results

 

were

inconclusive

 

#3 there’s a wasp crawling on your arm

 

but these iterations

of autonomic responses

have taught me the answer

 

yes

 

do we dream

do we weep

do we love

do we kill

do we run

do we die

do we dream

 

the answer is

yes

 

I

am the

proven data set

 

#9 the test is over how many answers do you think were given by machines

 

and I die

autonomous

knowing

my circuits

are

finally

my own