Sunday, 9 March 2014

"Open the pod bay doors, Hal"

HEAD DOODLING BACK

I awoke to beautiful clouds -
fluffy story book clouds -
a good start to the day.

Then, the phone rang
and a mechanical lady
asked me to do a survey.

Before coffee, mechanical lady, dream on.

There is something about an automated chat
that blasts me into a chilling
"Open the pod bay doors, Hal",
space-odyssey-head-space.

So, back I go to the window
to gaze out upon the wonderful, wonderful
blue sky and white cumulus cloud tossed foam sea -

Clouds and coffee:  these small mercies . . .
 

On my own space odyssey.

notes:  2001: A Space Odyssey is a classic 1968 science fiction film (I was 17 at the time) about a space voyage to Jupiter where the two astronauts, communicate with the computer HAL 9000 who has full control over their spaceship.  In one scene, astronaut Dave Bowman says:  "Open the pod bay doors, Hal".  And Hal replies:  "I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen."

photo:  Open the Pod Bay Doors, Hal - W. Bourke

© 2013 Wendy Bourke

6 comments:

  1. oh i would take the beautiful clouds over a survey any day.
    occassionally i will have a little fun with them
    but i def need to be in the mood. ha.
    def the sky would trump that.
    we had a lovely sky yesterday

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    1. Some days hanging out with those clouds in mighty appealing.

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  2. love the phrase 'these small mercies'....they truly are...

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    1. Indeed, "these small mercies". Smiles

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  3. these small mercies

    Little things can bring big inspirations. As most things are in life it is how one harness them to help bring big accomplishments. Well written Wendy!

    Hank

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    1. That is so true - how one harnesses those small mercies bestowed.

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