Village of the Damned (1964) Based on John Wyndham’s novel, The Midwich Cuckoos, German director Wolf Rilla directs this classic British science fiction film about a village where all the women suddenly become pregnant and give birth to strangely prescient children. George Saunders plays the Professor who educates them in order to learn who they really are and what are their intentions toward humanity.
The children with white eyes have gathered
Like owls around their parents whose minds
They can read. The children smile, compassionately,
As they confine their parents to nursing homes
Where they will be cared for, professionally,
And preserved until the money runs out.
The children hack corporations on the internet
Where they trade credit cards and change identities,
Avoiding all physical contact. After all, they contain
More big data than their pregnant mothers.
When they tweet, the children limit their texts,
So not even a chickenhawk can decode them,
Because the children prefer double meanings, hieroglyphs
And building blocks of capital letters without vowels.
Unencumbered by the weight of memory, the children
Know that it’s time to start over, from scratch,
And nobody’s hiring anybody over the age of twenty
Because the present is so much better than the past.
[Disposable Poem October 8, 2013/September 28, 2016]