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The Treacherous Sea

My avatar wades out into the vast sea of information
Fishing for the truth in the midst of the murky waters
Made brown by the silt of data that flows down river
And the runoff of the manure deposited upon the fields
Yet, the sea itself is a living and crafty organism
It knows the quarry I seek and it sees my reflection on its face
It watches the places I sail to in my quest for knowledge
Yet, it only surrenders the secrets it is willing to show
But sometimes I wonder who watches who more
Does the sea
See me?
For in the vastness of the ocean I am so small
And am I merely sharing the data I choose to show
Upon the screens of the digital sea as bait
Or have I already been hooked?

This is the Intro to Poetry day 6 based on the prompt of a screen and trying to use enjambment (a sudden break in a line for effect)

Meaning and Metrics

William Blake, The Ancient of Days: The Division of Light and Darkness (1794)

William Blake, The Ancient of Days: The Division of Light and Darkness (1794)

We often act if the only things that matter are the things that we can measure
Equating quantifiability with quality and metrics for meaning
In a scientific world we like to measure and enumerate
Statistically straining our lives into sets of data to be examined
Living for our curricula vita rather than the unmeasurable moments of meaning
And perhaps someday we will describe the mathematics of love and passion
But lives that are lived seek the meaning that defies the metrics
We live not for numbers but for stories, for feelings and values
Our impact is felt in the quality of connections we cultivate
Rather than the quantity of work we manufacture
Numbers have their necessity and their place in our world
And metrics cannot give us the meaning that our lives seek

Neil White, 2015