Operation Unicorn: Field Report
The unicorns are a technology
by Minal Hajratwala
we cannot yet approximate.
Each silv'ry filament's
worth a trillion fiber optics—
sensitive, intelligent, dense
with data, light as pi.
The natives name them rainbow-made
rapid-streaming over four-dimensional landscapes
wet with dawn. We observe
dappled midnight & moonlight,
of energy, some silk
our instruments cannot yet measure.
They say from time to time a virgin
finds a gemstone tooth, a hoof of sapphire.
Upon inquiry, however, no such objects could be produced.
One operative following a lead
has disappeared, sending
two chaste missives in six months
scratched in bark:
1. The years are arbitrary scrawls
2. I have conquered the subterranean stairs