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Between Blackbird
© January 2, 2004, Roy Stucky

Born between blackbird conception and flight,
Spies my companion of fickle birthright.
Steel and titanium dangle above human heads,
Makes perfect sense to be living in dread.

Robot voyeurs haunt the blackness of space,
Watchers design the machine-readable face.
Monitor phone calls across every sea,
Targeting someone I hope is not me.

Born between blackbird conception and flight,
Years leading up to the dark of this night.
Born between blackbird conception and flight,
Child of the race to command every height.

Danger's reflected from airport to Dow,
Tags for the people confuse man with cow.
Power is calling to those in the know,
Baubles entrancing the carrion crow.

 


The Blackbird was designed in the late 1950's and built in the early 1960's. For me it is the glamor of the surveillance society, but even this marvel is not without threat. In 2004 the reaction to 911 seemed ominous. By 2013 those concerns have proved well founded.