The Sound of Progress

by Carolin Messier

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Did the inventors
of the electric motor
and the combustion engine
understand that they
were the first assailants
on the peace and sanity
of the modern mind?

So much whirring of fans,
grinding of gears,
spinning of wheels,
and pounding of pistons.

Such unnatural sounds,
all hard planes and sharp edges,
bombard and assault us
leaving invisible bruises
that bleed inward and ache.

Such unnatural sounds,
metallic and inhuman,
exist to make
to create
to innovate
and improve, but
have destroyed
nature’s silence
as they built the first world.