Dogs 2008

DIVINING THE DUMBASS
(2/3/08)


I spend my days
in front
of computers
digging my way
through gigabytes
of gathered data
sifting for errors
and inconsistencies
that can transform
the whole system
into a giant
generator
of binary
babbling

I
am a
database
janitor

I have devised
any number
of scripts
macros
subroutines
and protocols
to identify
and insulate
any offending
alphanumeric strings
based upon
patterns
of faulty logic
discovered by
more conventional means

flipping through millions
of electronic pages
spreadsheets
and layouts
looking for consistent
inconsistencies
that can readily
be recognized
and coded
for removal

however
The Dumbass
is ingenious
in its ability
to find new
methods
of madness
to defeat all
preprogrammed efforts
to seek and destroy
its fluid feel
for incongruity

a confused
quarry
that has
no idea
where or how
it may be moving
in the next
possible moment
is more difficult
to track
than a trophy
with a plan

they are brilliant
in their baffling
random selection
of esoteric combinations
that they bring
into existence
as involuntarily
as a blink
or sneeze

devious
without intent
The Dumbass
defeats me
with each new
manifestation

at times
I think
that I have caged
the miscreant
but find that
I have only
captured
a capricious understanding
of my own limitations

The Dumbass
most often
escapes detection
by disguising itself
with the familiar
mask
of me