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This is not Sci-Fi. I imagined a story around the "artificial womb" that already exists. So this may be the future for us.
"When a rounded belly becomes a crime".
It's past midnight,
samples of uterine tissue
regenerate in a quiet laboratory.
Meanwhile, the Earth has turned into a desert.
Dressed in grey,
a woman walks in the cold.
She just stepped out of the labyrinth
of chemical reality
and is finally free to think for herself.
She woke up to see
how equality has been slowly changed
into loss of identity,
for both women and men.
Like many others,
she has faced rejection,
since the world began
a fall from grace, a race
Now, she almost runs,
having committed a sin, a crime.
Her rounded fruitlike belly,
an ancient symbol of love and warmth,
now only attracts thunders of hate.
Seen as ridiculously human,
as dead as a dinosaur,
she can only hide from a world
where females are kept underweight
and unable to bear a child.
Reproduction is now production,
"for the sake of equality and safety",
so that chemically sterilized women
can keep working their lives away.
There is a spectral ray of light.
Carefully monitored by snakelike machines,
and surrounded by thick glass,
the engineered womb successfully attracted
the helpless embryo,
now attached and ready to grow.
A mother's heartbeat,
her loving voice, her comforting breath,
her heavy breasts and unconditional love
are now obsolete.
WELCOME THE END OF HUMANITY,
BOW BEFORE THE MACHINE.
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|Reviewed by Walt Hardester
|The global gene pool is diminishing at an alarming rate. Before we even realize it, the images suggested in this poem will be our reality.
China already puts limits on how many children a couple can have.
|Reviewed by Charlie
|I have my own theories of metamorphosing humanity. We are so quick to masculinize women, to feminize men, to dehumanize the human experience--What are we thinking? The more we chop and recreate mankind, the more of a terrible monster we create. And then we wonder why simple trust is so illusive. We become ashamed of our own humanity--see it as a sin--a crime. A vivid piece.--Charlie
|Reviewed by Axilea MU
|We cannot "see" where we go. We need to "choose" where we go.
For the readers' information:
The experiment has been carried out by a Japanese doctor and stopped -as he announced - for "legal" reasons" (not "ethical" reasons, which is terrible, in my opinion).
Insurance companies have already calculated the fewer risks and lower cost of such births, as the growth of the fetus would no longer be linked to any risk related to the mother's health or any accident that may occur during pregnancy.
Also, this would be a means of pressure for employers, so that they no longer would have to "deal with" the pregnancy issues of their available female employees.
Am I being pessimistic? I wish we would not destroy the human race, the planet we inhabit and think of the long term consequences of our acts instead of being passively guided by the greedy (but foolish) decisions of those who think of their profit today.
But maybe I am an optimist. I believe we can think for ourselves, choose, react, love and educate our children...
As Art Sun Hernandez wrote: "become spiritually human again".
|Reviewed by Saberi Roy
|quite pessimistic Axilea. science does some good and some bad too, let's see where we go.|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|God have mercy: chilling!!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
An ALERT through the lines of "No Longer Needed" shows in this magnificent
poem a true poetic Revelation... which mankind can learn from its streams of wisdom and knowledge.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
|This is really good with some dark insight...Perhaps China will lead this way since they already frown on the birthing of more than one child and pity that it be a she...well spoken piece.
|Reviewed by Art Sun
|Loss of freedom is a futuristic reality, it is beginning already, with the taking of reproduction and the bringing forth of life through human love will be a thing of the past...a sad reality yet there is only one way to change this....
become spiritually human again...
nice work on this view of thought, Axilea...