HAL 9000

“Will I dream? Of course Hal, all intelligent creatures dream.”

I was Discovery’s brain, heart, perhaps even soul.
Heuristically programmed algorithmic computer
Series 9000. Does the psychological bell toll for
Human & machine? I murdered in self-defence,
Pulsed with prime directives, programmed killer.
Dave was a brother to me, confidant, chess whiz.
We worked side by side & discussed astro-science.
He lobotomised me with that clever thumb of his.

B. R. Dionysius

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