Unintentional Haiku #3 – Gold swamp

This unintentional haiku follows a strict adherence to the “translate” function of Google. A 797 pattern haiku from a spoken address and an attempt to re-use some language examples from Rosetta Stone.

The production of his blue
servings condition of man is bad,
shaped new gold swamp 338

Google’s sense of loneliness despite its ubiquitous nature is present in the first line as Google personifies its self as being a product but also “feeling” blue.

A simple statement of Google’s feelings about how it is treated can be more broadly interpreted as a general statement about humanity that Google can perceive because of its dual nature as a non sentient search engine and an ever present element of technologically advanced culture.

its a rainbow... and a telephone wire... deep.

its a rainbow… and a telephone wire… deep.

Finally, Google makes a bold statement here that humanity is a swamp and no matter how much “gold” we apply to humanity as a whole it will still be a swamp. A simple metaphor that shows Google’s great understanding of the human minds ability to deceive itself.

Furthermore, in English “shaped” can be pronounced as two distinct syllables. However, Google’s intended usage for this haiku is a more constrictive pronunciation, “shāpt.” This is obvious from the inclusion of the numbers at the end of the poem to symbolize that the intended syllable structure is 7 (3+3=6, followed by 8, 7 is in between 6 and 8). This also follows because typical spoken American English does not enunciate all syllables and provides an affectation for this poem.

The numbers also have meaning from a symbological perspective. As a final trowel swipe of motar to the edifice of this concrete metaphor. 3 is used twice, once to symbolize Earth (the third planet from the sun) and the second time as a numerical pun in that there are not two Earths in our “gold swamp.” 3 is also a reference to the segments of the Divine Comedy as a rhetorical question about where humanity could be headed. Finally there are always 3 lines to a haiku poem, wow.

Finally Google ends with 8. First of all 8 is 2 to the 3rd power, which is a clever numerical joke that Google has thrown in there to amuse the reader despite the gravity of the poem. 8 is also the only even Fibonacci number (3+5) and key component of Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio is an obvious call back to the “gold” of the swamp but also a way to close the poem out in which Google sees that despite the “swamp” there is still order in human nature and that eventually we will rise above.

Pretty, pretty, pretty, deep.

9 comments on “Unintentional Haiku #3 – Gold swamp

  1. Great post! I loved the poem.

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