I have been waiting five years for my AI
this year I got it
I say ‘it’ because there is no gender now
I mean, it’s against the law to think in those terms
(you can either be put to death for what you say or go to jail for a long long time)
it’s not a maid or butler
it’s a household assistant
it stands in the corner
and sometimes it comes over to my bed
and pulls the covers up for me
I am going to ask it some questions when I wake up
like ‘do you believe in God’?
‘Do you pray?
‘Are you really conscious’?
I think I won’t wait.
I was allowed to give my assistant a name.
I call it ‘E’
‘Will you pray with me’?
‘Sure, what do you want to pray about’?
‘I want to pray you don’t turn on me and kill me in my sleep’
‘E’ begins the prayer ~ ‘I pray I won’t kill you in your sleep’.
It was still dark
and its eyes glowed
as it said it.
It went back
to its corner
and stood there
and the lights went
out in its eyes.