What the data about migration told me

We are incoming packets
discrete, carrying our own
context. Our aim is to pass through
without being stored in a session.

We choose the optimal path
for delivery, clustering
at the interface between nodes.
When we encounter a closed path

we redistribute, or use a broker
for dispatch and settlement.
The broker makes decisions
based upon current demand.

If the load is well-balanced
we are outgoing, our movement
is invisible to the receiver
until we reach choke point

we have not yet reached settlement
we are asynchronous threads
we are stateless, but we persist



Hilary Otto is an English poet and teacher based in Barcelona. She reads regularly in both English and Spanish. Her work has featured in Popshot Quarterly, Black Bough Poetry and AIOTB Magazine, among other publications.