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The Machinery

This is not a poetry blog, but occasionally I will post new poems such as the one below:

 

The machinery is old,

repeatedly breaking down.

Some parts have been repaired,

others replaced entirely.

Some are missing.

Increasingly,

it is taking an inordinate amount

of time and energy

just to keep the machinery running,

with little thought given to

whether anything is being produced.

It has been a long time

since it maintained a production schedule

that could be counted on.

If it doesn’t produce anything,

is it still a machine?

Does it belong in a place of honour

in a museum,

loved and admired but no longer used?

Perhaps it is time to reflect

on past production successes,

to express gratitude,

and to contemplate the time

when this old machine will be melted down

and remade into something new.

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