What happens to a digital object defined?1

Does its identifier dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or its relationships fester like a sore– And then run? Do its bits rot like meat? Or become overwritten– like some throw-away sheet?

Maybe its metadata just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it fade into code?

  1. Inspired by Langston Hughes’s “A Dream Deferred” and a spirited conversation in the office today.