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Stephen Van Buren has been writing seriously for the last 30 years, and his work has been published in a variety of magazines and journals. He works as a Reference Librarian at South Dakota State University. This poem first appeared in Empire for the Science Fiction Writer.

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A Poem For the Wetware:
RAM Speed Love

by Stephen Van Buren

How do I love thee? Let me count the lines --
I love you to the For-Next statements in
binary code, as when the disk drive whines
uploading each arrayed & poked' bin.

I love you to the mother board, & past,
as in auxiliary assignment jive;
I love you at a 32 bit fast
processing speed, with K's bagged in slot 5.

My love for you has looped, a BASIC need
unentered, transcendental interface
beyond the flow-charts where my logic's treed,
& networked at a co-processing pace.

What ROM-built chips are down in random love?
With you my upgrade, RAM files boot above.