Looking AI Generated

Here is my offering for the W3 poetry prompt set by Denise DeVries. I really had trouble coming to grips with this prompt. On the one hand my muse looks at it and shudders in revulsion on the other my mind argues that it is nothing more than a tool. My internal argument went something like this:
Muse: Using artificial intelligence to assist in writing a poem is cheating.
Mind: AI is just a tool.
Muse: A tool for lazy people and the unimaginative.
Mind: More like a prompt to kick start the creative process.
Muse: I am the creative process!!
Mind: You are unreliable. The AI doesn’t take sabbaticals for months on end.
Muse: I’m NOT unreliable!
Mind: You are egotistical and a fragile flower. You need to get over yourself!
Muse: If you do this thing with AI, I’m out of here – forever!
Mind: Can we compromise? Maybe just have the AI come up with a couple random words to incorporate into a poem?
Muse: Hmmm. I suppose that would be alright. Just this once.
https://randomwordgenerator.com/ gave me the following 3 words:
miserable, premature, idea

I struggled. I sweated. And I nearly rolled on the ground like a horse with colic. After I had a little chocolate and calmed down, I thought about what I wanted to say. Then I considered which form would be the most expeditious to convey those ideas. I settled on the Tanka. It offers a little more freedom than the Haiku but still requires a conciseness.

Iโ€™m miserable
Poetic ideas gone
Premature panic
My muse ran away from home
Muscle memory writing

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39 thoughts on “Looking AI Generated

  1. Muri, that inner conversation was so funny! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† Worth the struggle just to read that interaction between your mind & muse! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. The struggle between AI and the mind, very well thought out. Been there done that when my muse takes off. such a challenge!
    Love the construction of those words in your poem.

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    1. Thanks Dede! I’m glad you enjoyed this little conversation with myself! My great grandmother (and grandmother, mother and now me and my sons) always said, “supple your muscles” meaning either do some work either physically or mentally! It is surprising how often we rely on muscle memory…

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    1. I was responding to a prompt (which may have been based on that) and then everyone started posting and news articles were everywhere. I have to say it did cause me some serious mental turmoil and angst…

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    1. Hehe! Yes, the computer generated images (CGI) can look very real. What gets me is the “auto-tuned” voices of singers. They really don’t sound at all lie that when they sing in person without the computer…

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! My son’s violin teacher wanted him to practice a song 100 times. He’d complain but her response was “You aren’t practicing until you get it right, you are practicing so your muscles won’t forget!” I think of writing as suppling my brain muscles – thus muscle memory!!

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