Poem: “Artificial Intelligence”

It is Employee Appreciation Week
and my mailbox
is getting full.

The Director of Operations is proud
of our positive, inclusive,
and constructive hard work,
earning admiration and respect.

The Vice President recognizes
our commitment and dedication,
thanks us
for putting the needs of our clients
at the heart of our efforts.

The President, impressed
by our leadership, expertise and engagement,
wants us to celebrate our contribution
in driving an innovative, competitive
and sustainable business.

“Must have taken them time
to write so beautifully,” I think.
“One day, an app may do all that.”

I check emails of previous years.

Similar words,
comparable praises,
a matching tone.

Different executives.

(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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