We Dreamed of Machines (2012)

We Dreamed of Machines (2012)

A Poem by Wesley Dingler

while sailing across the ocean blue
both the captain and the crew
fantasized without a clue
on what they could be, on what they'd do
in the new world, so free and true

  and here is just a few:

they dreamed of machines
and gold when nothing else
they dreamed of democracy
and of medals upon their shelves
they dreamed of slavery
and little freedom for anyone else

now driving along streets far from gold
we say their methods are weak, their methods are old
but at times, when a cold wind blows
they manifest under our very nose
and, well, you know how that goes

  but for those not in the know:

we dreamed of machines
and control when nothing else
we dreamed of civilized society
with fewer books upon our shelves
we dreamed of bravery
at least, until the hammer fell

  and by then it was too late
  too late to go our own ways

© 2020 Wesley Dingler

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Added on October 2, 2012
Last Updated on July 1, 2020
Tags: Esoteric, Critical, Rhythmic Word Art, Anti-Industrialsm


Wesley Dingler
Wesley Dingler


I was born in Central Alabama February 27, 1985. I'm a Piscean and love it. I began writing poetry and child stories at age nine. I began home schooling after the Sixth Grade, having a lot of troub.. more..