Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday Thoughts - A Sonnet for Driverless Cars


Self-Driving Sonnet
by Rachel Hoyt
 
image by digitalart via freedigitalphotos.net
 
 
Shall I compare thee to a chauffeured ride?
Thou art more dicey and incognito.
Hast thou not a soul within as your guide?
The future is soon and then we will know.
Wilt thou shine radiant with metallic wit,
Overflowing with delicious dotings,
Making conga lines form in a mosh pit,
Mending the crippled and paralyzed wings,
Skipping stumbling lushes from bars to home,
Taking over boring tasks like parking,
Letting riders sit and enjoy the roam,
Quieting traffic's need for loud barking?
So long as you're nice we'll praise you 'round town,
But betray our trust and we'll shut you down.
 
© 2012 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved

 
 
Inspired by Shakespeare's Sonnet 18
and an article on driverless cars becoming legal in California.
 


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25 comments:

  1. So cute! I was wondering when I read this article--where liability lies when there is an accident--with the "driver" or the manufacturer---

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    1. Exactly! They better get that figured out before they are all over the roads. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. :)

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  2. Clever, clever, clever! Rachel, your poems never cease to amaze me. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Martha! Your compliments never cease to make me smile. :)

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  3. entertaining, thought provoking and informative. I wasn't aware of drive-less cars. I don't think I like the idea...hmm

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    1. The idea freaks me out a bit, but I might prefer for the elderly and blind to have robot drivers instead of being stranded at home. I'm still not sure though. I hope they do LOTS of testing on this car. :)

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  4. Leave it to CA. to legalize driverless cars! I would never want to ride in one on the freeways, but would definitly go for a cruise along Pacific Coast Hwy.

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    1. Traffic is almost as packed on the PCH in some towns... :)

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  5. Love this! And I love the idea of the driverless car too--yay CA!! Wish they had them here, it's time for Grandpa to give up the keys--and you know that's a death sentence. (sorry, slipped into the dark side) Very clever!!

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    1. I'm not sure I trust a robot OR grandpa on the road. LOL :P

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  6. LOL! Great fun poem based on an insane invention. :)

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    1. Thanks! It definitely seemed a product worthy of a poem. :)

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  7. Wondering when they'll be in FL!

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    1. Probably about the same time they are for sale here. They are legal in FL right now too. :o/

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  8. that is crazy...they have been talking about it for a while...smart roads where the car and the road talk to each other...its a little too automated for my blood....scary

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    1. This one is a bit different. It would be on regular roads. Still, it IS scary.

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  9. A sonnet and an ode to the taxi..very clever and creative...love that personification!

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    1. Thank you Beachanny. This was a new style for me. :)

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  10. Lovely! A sonnet is very difficult to write and you did it wonderfully. Very nice! +

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    1. Thank you! I am quite new to the form. I'm glad you think I succeeded. :)

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  11. All in light jest! Chuckles Rachel! Driverless? Some with drivers are already horrors on the road! Nice sonnet!

    Hank

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    1. Oh, I know Hank. I drive a scooter. In America. Need I say more? :P

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  12. Rachel, You freaking crack me up! I am always glad I came here because I alway leave with a smile on my face.

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    1. Just mixing a bit of the past with the present... :) So glad I can provide you with consistent smiles!

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  13. A fun and clever write Rachel....love your blog! :-)

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