Every year, C.M. Simpson gathers up the short stories, flash fiction and poetry she’s written, published, or prepared for publishing, and puts them into a single volume. This year, there are two volumes. The second volume consists of all the work produced, prepared for publication or published in 2013.
As C.M. explains at the beginning of each volume “poems and short stories form the playground I use to explore ways of putting words on paper to create different effects” and each volume contains a variety of styles and subjects, accompanied by what it was that inspired her at the time. Sometimes, the inspiration comes from trying to write a poem in a new genre—in this case, post-apocalyptic.
Written on October 4, 2013 for this anthology, using ‘Virtuality’ as a theme, this poem came to mind in the darkness of a Canberra spring evening.
The cyborg carried a world in its mind’s eye
It carried a way of forgetting
At least while the stories were spun
And when it slept
There were a myriad of eyes to watch
A myriad of invisible beams to keep it safe
But we were content to let it sleep
The longer it rested
The more we could play
In gardens that smelt of growing things
On grass, soft underfoot
Such was the power of its projections
The illusory sensations spun by its memories and the power source within
The holographic projections
Powered by memory
For a long time, it stayed
Letting us enjoy the places of its childhood
For as long as we could keep its powerpack charged
It was a small price to pay
To forget the apocalypse for a while.