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December 18, 2013
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I often wonder if machines wait.
I mean, they can sit there for decades,
in the bottom of a box,
shitty, leaky batteries and all that.
If you turned one of these machines on,
is there a hesitation in the circuitry,
a moment where the machine wakes up,
something we might call shock.

Do machines want to be used?
Do they get annoyed when we
intrude on their sleep?
I sometimes find the old machines,
like a “handheld” board game
or an old, bulky calculator.
I wonder if I should power them on.
Maybe that will make them happy.
I remember a time when all I wanted was a monopoly handheld game. Then I realized I just wanted to play monopoly with someone. 
5 ones, 5 fives, 5 tens, 6 twenties, 2 fifties, 2 hundreds, 2 five-hundreds.
Radiant-Intention Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe they are content just to sleep? Who knows? I cannot say whether or not they have some sort of conscientious objection! 
shehrozeameen Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I looked at your description, and I wonder what you were intending on saying in this poem: What I get is a contrast with board games now becoming something of a rarity and a privilege, and being replaced by handhelds which makes sense. Although it doesn't talk about the poem (my critique) it does tend to make me wonder about whether handhelds (like a gameboy advance I used to have - God I loved that machine) really are becoming a relic like the board games. What I see in this poem, is progression...

A technological drifting of sorts. :) Nice man... for what its worth.
erosarts Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The comment here is a kind of tragic short story all on its own.

I'm a board games guy myself.
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