Sunday, 15 January 2012

The Farm Cats Were All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace

"All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace"

     a poem by Richard Brautigan (1935-1984)

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
     (right now please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
     (it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

Note:  First published in 1967, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace,  a collection of thirty two poems, was Brautigan's third collection of poetry; his fifth poetry book publication.


  1. How utterly lovely! The image goes so well with the terrific poem, and I'm already a huge Brautigan fan. =smile= I have most of his little prose books, but sadly, none of his poetry.

  2. I own all but one fact this one. Once I almost called him (he published his telephone number and invited calls) but I chickened out!

  3. Striking image for a great poem! Excellent!

  4. Thanks Michael. The poem, composed in 1967, was so ahead of it's time. There is a good YouTube of Richard reciting the poem:

  5. Fantastic coupling of poetry and collage!

  6. Beautiful, and fun to discover a new poem; thanks, CC!