Like Kafka’s insect-man
I am morphing
Into a computer application
A cyberspace bug
Down loaded from the Web
I have taken myself off-line
Powered-down my systems
Compressed and stored myself in
Isolated myself from the motherboard
Disconnected myself from the server
AutoSaved myself to an external drive
For safer transportation
Archived and backed-up
On standby only
I await a possible return to life
While my off-line status
Buffers me from the main programme
Repeated error messages
All my systems
Are not yet safely closed-down
Is my back-up program still operational?
Can I safely re-boot
From my master cache?
What are my on-line protocols?
Am I case sensitive?
And properly justified?
Am I still emotionally compatible
Or is my data corrupted
And liable to crash/
Until all data is saved to disk
It is now safe to turn off your computer
Words and Images by David Lewis-Baker
David is a digital artist, poet and street photographer based in Bath.