There is No Try

Posted by on Sep 25, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, New Media

Out of a vacuum it swells. The mantra of trillions and trillions of cells.  Begin to whisper. Begin to speak, the story of the overlapping media we seek. So many stories. Too many to tell. From the prophets of past to the stories reshaped to sell. Old ideas wrapped up in new packages. Put under the tree for Christmas Day. Sold on discount the next day on eBay.

I have been part of these groups. Collected our intelligence. We were Borg. One cube floating through cyberspace. We could not be denied. Our presence well known, print media relied on the tidbits of knowledge we had grown. Hijacked by flamers I was threatened and scorned. Stolen information deleted by our own kind. Two admins who no longer wanted to share their time.

They believed their livelihoods threatened, no more spoilers withstood. We never became involved in unreal online hoods. We always discussed our lives and the world we saw. We attempted to define truth, justice and write new laws. The deeper we pushed the more abandoned we became. The more we questioned the more hatred reigned.

Many fake identities began to grow. A group swelled to crush the experiment we now know. As Globatron. An art project with many lives. An extension of many and a reflection of one. For there are no new ideas under the sun. From the beginning everyone experienced what they saw. Not being able to read we drew on cave walls. Not not knowing the Messiah we believed what was told. As stories were passed down for generations to thaw. From the frozen tundra of the Dark Ages. From the philosophy of the massacred Gnostic sages.

So this Matrix we speak of, will never really be understood. It is the Tao. The Way. The everything and nothing, we say. It is collective consciousness. Universal. It is movies. Comics. The games we play. It is all the subcultures we live each day. We all live inside this web of media we discuss. We may never really know, but Do We Must.



  1. Christine
    September 26, 2011


    Bind us together, Love
    Bind us together
    With cords that cannot be broken
    Bind us together, Love
    Bind us together
    Bind us together in Love
    There is only one Love,
    There is only one King
    There is only one Body,
    That is why we sing.
    Fit for the glory of Love,
    Purchased by its precious Blood
    Born with the right to be free
    Byron the victory has won.
    We are the family of Love
    We are the promise divine
    We are Love’s chosen desire
    We are the glorious new wine.

    great poem. good to see you. good to see you.

  2. Byron King
    September 26, 2011

    a poem for a comment. superb.

    great instincts. thank you. much respect.

  3. Christine
    September 26, 2011

    what i wrote above was in response to your words alone. i didn’t have the opportunity at the time to watch the video. after watching the video…

    you do not need to ally yourself to mainstream media or contemporary myths to make your voice important. you do not need youtube videos to support or affirm what you say. what you write is enough. if anything can support or advance your writing it is your OWN photographs.

    you are doing beautifully, Byron. and i am not the only one who hears you. i am just the mouthy one who writes back. 🙂

  4. Stacy
    September 26, 2011

    Byron, I always feel like your posts contain many more references and meanings than I’ll ever catch. I guess that’s appropriate on a week that we read about The Matrix. You pack so much into your posts, it’s hard to respond to the whole thing, so I’ll focus on a couple of small things.

    One thing that caught my attention was your line “For there are no new ideas under the sun.” I’m not sure if you meant to reference Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV) “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” That’s what the line reminded me of, though.

    Also, I watched your Star Wars clip. I’m not really into Sci-Fi and never liked Star Wars (I prefer Solomon over Yoda), but I did enjoy finally learning the source of the quote “Do or do not; there is no try.” I have seen and heard that many times but had no idea where it came from.

  5. Byron King
    September 26, 2011

    Thanks Stacy for the input. I don’t know where half of my references come. I would bet there are a fair share that come out of living in the Matrix we are discussing in class.

    All the mythology, pop-culture and language I use has been collaged from living in this contemporary post-modern world. I am a product of my time, as are we all.

    Christine I embrace my being part of technology and the culture which I try to improve each day. All the references I use from imagery to video are borrowed just like any artist borrows ideas even if they don’t know they are doing so.

    I’m glad you feel my writing can stand by itself. I appreciate that. It is very kind of you as your writing does indeed stand by itself. No videos necessary.

    Coming from a background as a visual artist I see poetry as painting. Words as brush strokes. And I marry video and photos into the mix to build a mixed media experience. Without watching the video the poem would have not been complete. Not as I see or read it. Of course you are welcome to read it however you wish but if I was to present this piece I would like to present it with the video and the image together.

    Of course it’d be nice to have a bound book of poems as well but somehow I don’ think I could ever get the same experience that I do by mixing media in this digital space.

    Thanks for the bible verse Stacy. It’s interesting to know where that came from. I am merely another medium for my culture to speak through.

  6. Christine
    September 27, 2011

    i watched the video. that’s what i need, to use the force. it’s true, you need to believe you can do it. i don’t have to shift a spaceship out of water, at least not right now, but there is something else i have to shift and it’s really my own attitude.

    i’m taking a break from facebook just now, Byron, because i’m tired of the stream of world problems that make me feel sad. because you write poetically you add beauty to a sad situation and so something is recovered and it’s not depressing.

    i have started ‘method writing’ in order to get into one of my character’s lives. she doesn’t have much time left and isn’t going to waste it on facebook or dwelling on things she can do nothing about. she is a younger, more courageous woman than me and i love writing her life.

    have a great week.

  7. Angela Savitri Petersen
    October 3, 2011

    Hi Byron!! Thank you for this!

  8. Kate
    October 3, 2011

    I love how deep you read into the readings! You always take the discussion to somewhere that I had only vaguely grasped at and then given up on. Thank you for sharing your responses, and I really enjoyed the Yoda quote at the end! It was such a surprise!


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