Two Poems

by Heath Brougher

Technocracy’s End

The other day, since I couldn’t recall,
I Googled “What was I just thinking about?”
But the computer would not give me
the information I requested.

I asked it this same question a million times over
and every time it gave me the wrong answer.

It felt good knowing there were still secret places
the rampant technologies would never be able to infiltrate.

My Astounding, Uplifting Goldfish

I was never lucky enough to have a cat with nine lives
although I once did own a goldfish I won at a May Fair
that went on to have 15 lives during its 12 year existence.
Most May Fair fish die with in few days or, if lucky, might live an entire week.
To think that this little fish who was bred with a life expectancy
of a couple days decided to push onward and overcome
the innate and inherent genetic problems it was bred to possess floored me.
This fish made up for whatever physical problems with a willpower
likely no May Fair fish had ever exerted before. 15 lives!
Over 12 years this throwaway fish died 15 times and came back.
When I’m feeling down on myself or depressed I always try
to remind myself of my old goldfish which reminds
me that absolutely anything and everything is possible
if your supply of willpower stays at its zenith.

Heath Brougher is the poetry editor for Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He is the winner of Taj Mahal Review’s 2018 Poet of the Year Award as well as a multiple nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award. He has published eight collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Change Your Mind (Alien Buddha Press, 2019).

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