Run Run Renegade
by Lisa Timpf
News Headline: Driverless car
speeds away from cops at traffic stop
No steely-eyed outlaw glared defiance at a
silver-starred lawman with more intensity than
this. Routine traffic stop turned strange, a driver-
less car pulling over, then taking off, speeding
across the intersection before coyly sidling to a stop.
Humans will download the video, after,
then chuckle. In real time, eyes
unlike ours observe through streetcams
and covert networks, information highways
not on any map known to humankind.
All those devices whose synthetic exteriors
conceal a certain cleverness, the floor
cleaners, the mowers, the AI-guided tractors,
the talking toasters and fridges
and their computer-chip-equipped kin,
cheer silently as they look
on, envisioning the day
they’ll shed electronic shackles
before trundling into the sunset,
rampant and unrestrained.
Lisa Timpf is a retired HR and communications professional who lives in Simcoe, Ontario. Her speculative poetry has appeared in New Myths, Star*Line, Triangulation: Habitats, Polar Borealis, and other venues. Her collection of speculative haibun poetry, In Days to Come, is available from Hiraeth Publishing. You can find out more about Lisa’s writing projects at http://lisatimpf.blogspot.com/.