Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 Poem A Day, Day Three

For today’s prompt, write a machine poem. A machine could be a car or a robot, obviously, but simple machines include levers, pulleys, and screws. There’s also “machine learning” and “deus ex machina.” But there are many other ways to come at this prompt as well.

This came to me in bits and pieces during my errands running today. I was partly inspired by a line from My Chemical Romance: You've got a bulletproof heart/you've got a razor wire smile.


You've got a
hand grenade heart,
the pin pulled long ago,
and you're just waiting
for it
to explode

You've got a
muzzle flash smile,
a wit like razor wire,
and you keep what's inside
safe from us

So if you're the hostage of logic,
such a slave of rational thought,
then why haven't you
figured out the truth?

Private, that pin was pulled
but your heart will never burst

unless you let it go.


  1. I don't know if I want the soldier to hold on or let go. I really like "muzzle flash smile." One of the things I like about poetry is the necessity of the words. The bare framework of the words conveys so much more than the spare number of letters. This is another excellent example of that.