Fiberoptic Frailty

Fiberoptic Frailty

by Travis Baribeau

We’ve got cream for our skin to block out the sun
Conveyer belt floors so we don’t have to run
Remote control TVs, music, and chairs
Pre-prepared dinners, frozen in squares

We’ve put men into rockets and sent them to space
If looks get you down, you can buy a new face
LED tungsten and fluorescent light
Crude metal braces to fix over bites

We’ve got machines in our windows that cool the air
Books that will tell us what not to wear
Buildings that reach to the sky made of glass
A number to call when you run out of gas

We’ve got giant machines that soar through the air
Hardcore chemicals, change colour of hair
Nano technology to speed up our life
High-powered lasers that cut like a knife

We’ve got lights that turn on when we enter the room
Tubes filled with glass for thousand times zoom
Microwave ovens that cook all our food
A rainbow of pills that change any mood

We’ve got high speed transport in underground tubes
Saline filled bags to enlargen small boobs
Multi-screen viewing for real time news
And secret societies to censor our views

We’ve got gidgets and gadgets and gizmos galore
A strange looking robot that cleans up the floor
Computers that think faster than thought
With a click of a button, you can own the whole lot

If we all just sat down, took a minute to think
Pulled out some paper and a pen with real ink
Turn off that fancy new phone you just bought
Soak up the silence and power of thought

Just look around at what’s always been there
The flowers, the leaves, the warm summer air
The neighbor out back singing a tune
Pruning her garden to ensure a full bloom

The world is a crazy and uncertain place
With endless deadlines it’s hard to keep pace
So stop and just take a minute to breathe
Its amazing with silence, what can be achieved

Travis is a Superintendent for a construction company in Vancouver, B.C.  He is originally from the Canadian prairies, but eventually settled on the west coast.  Travis enjoys writing and reading poetry, playing guitar, and losing a few hours in the world of x-Box.  His passion for art was recently re-awakened when he purchased an iPad and an art program, and from that, he created all of the art for Writer’s Carnival, Writer’s Carnival Classes, and the book project, Midnight Abyss.  He has now added Reader’s Carnival to the list.

2 Comments for “Fiberoptic Frailty”



Wow! What a list! And you packed it all in with grace and style, and an irony that gleams. Well done!


Craig Lincoln


Very cool TJ I have a similar piece entitled the electric media no where near as detailed as yours though

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