“16-bit Intel 8088 Chip” by Charles Bukowski

with an Apple Macintosh
you can’t run Radio Shack programs
in its disc drive.
nor can a Commodore 64
drive read a file
you have created on an
IBM Personal Computer.
both Kaypro and Osborne computers use
the CP/M operating system
but can’t read each other’s
for they format (write
on) discs in different
the Tandy 2000 runs MS-DOS but
can’t use most programs produced for
the IBM Personal Computer
unless certain
bits and bytes are
but the wind still blows over
and in the Spring
the turkey buzzard struts and
flounces before his

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

2 replies on ““16-bit Intel 8088 Chip” by Charles Bukowski”

That’s great. Cool to see Bukowski’s more poetical side after reading Factotum (although his use of the F word was lyrical at times …) – that poem just made me think: what would it be like if computers shared a code as universal as DNA …

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