Past Human

By Ann K. Schwader

All men are created equal but we

can fix that now:

                    elixir genes

for our rewired /reloaded minds,

the pristine ping of clockwork hearts

with crystal chips & atom beats,

a nudge to certain balky glands.

All men are defeated equal yet we

fixate on more:

                   some fivescore years

at least before our dread of dark,

a labyrinth of diagrams

denying merely mutant change,

the weight of tech against Thoth's scale.

All men are repeated equal till we

stand fixed as this:

                     a tribe of one

beneath its polished mirror moon,

bereft of stars & flesh & all

unshaped unbidden miracles,

these aliens we made ourselves.


Ann K. Schwader lives, writes, and corgi-walks in Westminster, CO. She is the winner of the 2010 Short Form Rhysling Award, and her dark SF poetry collection Wild Hunt of the Stars (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2010) is a Bram Stoker Award nominee. She is a member of SFWA, HWA, and SFPA. Her LiveJournal is Yaddith Times, and you can see more of her past work in our archives.