I’m meeting an acquaintance in

the Metaverse at a virtual café

he’s trying to get me to buy.

The possibilities are endless, he says,

and then launches into a spiel about

the money I could make hosting parties

and concerts, inviting musicians,

displaying digital art. I look at myself

in a mirror opposite us in this Victorian

coffee shop with its beige tiled walls,

quaint, brown tables and homely chairs

and my avatar stares back —

wearing a long, leather, red trench coat

with sweeping white hair. He looks like

a vampire right out of a cheesy,

dark romance novel, and I wonder why

I’m here, away from the lightning and

the sharp turns of fortune that infuse

life with vigour and vibrancy,

the reds, blues, greens and yellows

transforming quotidian fever

into something luminous like

the second Eden, the nervous

tension of face-to-face interactions,

the storms of fate that uproot free-will,

pivoting dreams and desires on heels

of uncertainty while the ballroom

catches fire. The server arrives and

hands us the menu. Pretty soon,

we’ll be able to copyright food

and store it in blockchains,

my host continues. I order Mulligatawny

soup and Stewed Eels and wait

for something I have to shovel

into my mouth, but can’t taste

while my host talks about the new

upload feature that removes a person

from his physical body and permanently

places him in the Metaverse. What about

nature, its beauty and cataclysms,

the sense of being part of the whole?

Flashes of light from the chaotic heavens

and water sweeping over macadam,

the grass susurrating underfoot

while the wind soughs in the valley?

I ask my host, and he replies,

The Metaverse is the whole.

It’s the eternal now,

purged of disease and death.

I could give you everything you

asked for and more, even gods

brawling while the thunder echoes.

There is no identity here, the

Post-human is no longer a mortal. We dance

to the rhythm of our minds, being anyone

or anything, anywhere, anytime. The

possibilities are endless.

Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

For dVerse

For earthweal

36 responses to “Endless”

  1. Very creative and absorbing story! ❤


    1. Thank you so much 😊 I’m glad you liked it ❤️


  2. How interesting, it is that, we don’t have to be in the same location and still have the, conversation with one another, all thanks to social networking, and the internet now


    1. Very true. It’s amazing, but I’m also a little afraid of how far we’ll take it in the future. Thank you for your comment.


  3. Really such a unique style, that pulls and pulls! Wondefful story, wonderful description, just in a meeting! Is amazing!


    1. Thank you so much for such a kind comment! You brightened my day 😊


  4. […] is a sister poem to the one I wrote for dVerse. You’ll find that one here. I set both in dystopian […]


  5. Wow, this is SO creative and imaginative – I enjoyed the walk through cyberspace, a bit afraid of being removed from the physical body into the metaverse (but maybe that is just death? LOL.) This is unique, arresting, memorable and intriguing. Excellently done.


    1. I got all your comments Sherry. They disappear when you type them out, but they’re here. Akismet is a strange thing. Thank you so much for your kind words. I think the being removed from the body bit is the dystopian part of the poem. But then again, perhaps that is death. Thank you again 🙂


  6. Copy righting food? That’s a scary thought, even if it is virtual. A wonderfully written dystopia, Nitin.


    1. They’re copyrighting everything these days and storing data on blockchains. Who knows? They might just copyright food too. They might even come up with means to taste it virtually! Thank you very much for the kind comment Tanmay.


      1. They were testing out an idea to print food. If they figure it out they might just copyright recipes.


  7. transhuman pieces always fascinate me. loved this.


  8. Brilliant portrayal of a possible future…


    1. Thank you so much Reena!


  9. Only homo sapiens builds nests in la la land.


  10. Jane Dougherty avatar
    Jane Dougherty

    Meanwhile, back in the realverse, the flames, the floods, the droughts, the misery, the poverty and abuse are still here. But in the metaverse, who cares?


    1. I love the term realverse. Yeah the metaverse is definitely terrifying. No one cares about anything except role playing. I watched a documentary and was shocked! Thanks for the comment Jane.


  11. As someone once said, just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should.
    If 9nly that energy were put towards solving the actual problems we have created in the actual world…(k)


    1. So true. But mankind doesn’t seem to want to solve the world’s problems. It’s more interested in crazy dreams. Thank you for your comment.


  12. What a dystopian scenario you created, Nitin! Very creative and an excellent write.


    1. Thank you Punam! I hope this isn’t our future. Every leap in technology fascinates me but also terrifies me.


      1. I hope so too. I am not enamoured by the breakneck speed at which technology is moving.
        You are welcome.


  13. I enjoyed your narrative poem very much. Well done. We can make connections with people all over the world through the Internet and places such as dVerse–which is wonderful. This metaverse world, however, is frightening!


    1. Thank you Merril. The internet isn’t a bad place and I love the connections we make. But like you I’m scared of the metaverse. I don’t want to wear a VR headset all day and make-believe that I’m Darth Vader or someone. Frightening stuff indeed.


      1. You’re very welcome, and I agree!


  14. Interesting what can transpire in another realm of thought. It has a dream like quality that hinges on reality. Your creative energy was flowing.


    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment.


  15. very well done. i’m like you, a poet, a professional people watcher, and this is what i see: people are less and less interesting to watch. why? because all they do is stare at their phones, they look like zombies. nobody is in the “real” moment, nobody is where they “really” are. i see them pining for the singularity, all they want to do is be in their phone. everybody seems more like an algorithm than like real people, all the patterns the same. sad, to me anyway. very well written


    1. Thank you so much. And I agree with your observations. With technology growing, the younger generation is going to be more hooked to it, forgetting what’s real completely or justifying things by saying that the virtual world is real. Yes we’ve become zombies and robots. It’s like we’re part of a computer program, designed to do this and that. I guess the metaverse is the tip of the iceberg. A dystopia is already here. Thanks again for your wonderful comment.


  16. Thank you for an insightful piece that discusses questions I have wondered about. Do / will people in the metaverse choose virtual over reality? Can virtual ever possibly be real enough? Great work!


    1. I think it depends on the generation. I’m slightly older than Gen Z, so I’d probably opt out. But the younger crowd is into NFTs and doing everything digitally. So, they’ll probably opt in. I doubt virtual can ever be real enough, but I guess I’m a little old fashioned. Thank you so much for your kind words.


  17. I am sure the situation you describe here is not too far off…well-written and thought-provoking!


    1. Thank you so much Ingrid!


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