Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I'll robot

As my illogic breaks, I'll robot make
to be this soul's chamber,
robbing a piecemeal joy from misfit toys
tossed out for fine tuning

by toddlers cheery mad to gorge on fads.
I'll take their T-Rex head,
with droopy lids that wink as if to drink
the world's wide-shallow stares,

plug its plastic prongs in torso of tin
while twin squeeze-box arms splay
to tie magnetic bows round pads below
gold, plush lion cub's legs.

This moppet of mixed breeds I'll learned feed
with animate cunning
to be ruled by charmed laws that give it pause
when whole-sum circumstance

tangles fuzzy circuits. Then a circus-
wire's unbalancing act
I'll paste from templed flesh to doll enmeshed
by transfuse rigging,

and as coil comes to slough, just as I'm off,
I'll flip that gilded switch,
implanting my spirit into a bit
of copper-hued country.

© Francis Scudellari


Francis Scudellari said...

This is a bit of an experiment, so any feedback is much appreciated...

Joan Vicenç said...

Salut company!


Jenny said...


Very welcome!

I like your reference to toys and the slightly menacing undertone. The last stanza is especially interesting, I think. Nice experiment indeed.


Ande said...

I heard Satie somewhere in my head when reading this.

Francis Scudellari said...

@Jenny Thank you... I'm enjoying this space. There's lots of interesting stuff here.

Ande That's an association I wasn't expecting. I'll have to revisit his music and see if I can make a connection.

gerry boyd said...

Francis: just perfect, that is all. first three lines are almost syntactically elizabethan and the rest is just a joy ride. love "with animate cunning". and "tangles fuzzy circuits". hmm..good stuff. glad you're posting here. gerry

Francis Scudellari said...

Thanks Gerry. The rhythm breaks in a couple places, but I think that helps feed the disjointedness of the images. I'm glad to find you here as well. It's turning into quite a creative and inspiring space.