Okay, thanks for putting in the time because I need to get some perspective to see how others interpret my poetry. All can be well with the author's intent, but his intent is never final nor definite. The meaning is what the reader takes out of it, but of course there is such thing as a wrong interpretation (like calling 'Poem' by Ernest Hemingway a discussion on whaling).
I've done a lot of study of poems which have underlying metaphors or allusions to historical events or well-known, everyday processes, to name a few. The beauty of the poetic greats is that they can discuss so many things within such a short space, I might only be able to discuss two things. But some are very clear in how their words allude to different things, where some are absolutely, completely ambiguous.
This is also my first real attempt after studying all of that, so anything deeper I attempt construct will probably come off amateurish.
I'll put my intent below, if you want to keep on guessing I guess don't read the rest of the post:
I was trying to describe the symptoms of a computer addict by comparing his addiction to a drug addiction, and personifying this entity of the computer, the one who provides 'the goods', as a drug dealer.
I tried to strike an element of mystery in the 1st stanza by describing a dealer who 'never asks for cash payment', 'needs no money' but instead, 'bought our souls'. This might be a philosophical position, but I believe technological enslavement and addiction detracts something from the human's individuality or detracts from the many other freedoms we have in our lives. I've heard and read lots of anti-technology-addiction stances and this is a general reason against addiction, we don't want to become dependent on technology.
However, this theme may not be overly clear. The only real references are, 1, the 'cathode visions', where the cathode refers to the cathode ray tubes of old computer monitors. I decided to use the word visions because upon looking up descriptions of internet addiction, staring at a 60fps flashing monitor entices us into a kind of hypnotic trance. The word 'vision' also neatly parallels with the hallucinogenic themes of drug use.
'All day I crave' describes withdrawal symptoms, which applies to any kind of addiction, but this and the animal-like descriptions of dependence in the 3rd stanza, strengthens the drug imagery a lot. I thought what might've given away this theme is 'fans and motors'... if you've ever had a crappy laptop you've heard the annoying fan noises it makes after a while.
I think if you take a drug interpretation for this poem, the 2nd stanza makes this look like a confused mess (maybe this describes the hallucination process?), but perhaps I need to explore the themes of technology, addiction and enslavement further. This is not a final copy and this will be subject to change.
If you're still with me, any thoughts on the intent and how it was conveyed?