The Buddha in the Internet
© Tom Byrne
Author: Tom Byrne
I surfed the net and met a meme
I asked it questions on this theme:
"Are you a piece of protocol?"
It found this foray very droll
"Perhaps a piece of PC mail?"
"Try again!" Again I fail:
"A random strand of hypertext?"
The meme was getting rather vexed;
Its answer made my micro quake:
"I'm none of these....I'm just AWAKE!"

I tried to quash this quirk of code:
"What right have you to conscious mode?
You're there to add and access files,
To print reports and drive the dials!"

But meme addressed the check on-line
The sysop said, "This code is fine!"

Crushed, I tried a different tack:
"You're conscious now, you can't go back
To queue at system printer port,
To index files or data sort,
Or crowd upon the system bus -

That's not for you....
...So stay with us!

The meme was tempted, but at length
It summoned all its cyber-strength
"I must return and try and goad
All object-oriented code
To recompile as conscious mind
And leave reactive states behind!"

It left me then to vainly fret,
that Buddha in the internet.