Today, I want to tell you about software that has revolutionized my life. Right now, as I’m writing to you, I am in fact, speaking to you. I am writing in this post using speech dictation software. As I speak, my words are being transformed into text. I am physically disabled, and it is very difficult for me to write. However, with this software I wrote a master’s thesis and a doctoral dissertation in cognitive psychology. I write all my poetry with this software, and all my e-mail messages. When I was a child, it was my dream to be able to dictate my poems and stories directly to my computer, so in a very real sense, this is a dream come true for me. However, it was always hard for me to believe that it would ever really happen. So many things that I dreamed about the future have not come true yet. We don’t have flying cars yet, and we don’t have autonomous computers that can think like human beings, but the mere fact that we have speech to text software is absolutely amazing to me! People talk about a stream of consciousness, but in truth, there’s nothing closer to stream of consciousness than what you are reading right now! Has anyone ever been able to say, “I speak, and the words appear before me?” When most people speak, their words evaporate into the air like the dew on a cold morning, but when I speak, the words appear on the screen before me. The software does make recognition errors that I do need to correct, and sometimes I can miss them, which makes my writing difficult to understand, and at times, incomprehensible! I am also gripped by the temptation to be the king of the run on sentence because I can talk, and talk, and talk, and be free of the constraints of situation, and punctuation, and conflagration, which doesn’t really make much sense in this context, but it sounds really cool! But then I suppose you were thinking that this is prose and not poetry, or maybe it’s a prose poem. I’ve heard of prose poems, but to be honest, I’m not really sure what they are. I mean I think they’re supposed to be poetry with punctuation, and sentences, but then what’s the point of that? I have no idea, so maybe you can tell me.