The Lord’s Prayer, Version 2.0



Our virtual connection,
Digitized be thy name,
Your optimization come,
Your augmentation be done,
On Earth as it is in cyberspace.
Give us our likes and pins,
Forgive us our clickbait impulses,
As we forgive those who scam and spam us,
And tell us what is upworthy,
But deliver us from fake news.
For thine is the algorithm,
The power surge and the A.I.
Forever, until the next app,
Steve Gerson, an emeritus English professor from a Midwestern community college and Consulting Faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has spent 47 years focusing on academic publications. These included hundreds of journal articles and 13 college-level textbooks. Now in retirement, he has the opportunity to think . . . and to write creatively rather than academically, to release his inner poet. His poetry focuses on life’s dissonance and dynamism, including technology, which he finds fascinating and fearsome, powerful and perplexing. He has published poems in Panoplyzine (winning an Editor’s Choice Award) and in Hungry Chimera.