All the stars that crowd the ether—
Unremarkable, compliant—
Travel routes which are reliant
On the plan prescribed by nature.
Men’s desires have deceived her
As she dwindles, meek and pliant,
Though I bid her stay defiant.
Once the pivot passed beneath her
Never could she make a detour.

8 responses to “Automaton

  1. I imagined a long line of compliant robots as I read your poem!

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  2. Damn. Just… damn. ‘this is the kind of poem I hope I can write someday. One where each line is so closely woven with the next that it’s hard to pull out one line to admire… they’re all so tightly looped together. (I am a very, very beginner poet!!) Thank you for writing this. So inspiring.


  3. Loved the simile of an automaton being like a planet or asteroid in orbit! And you are a wizard with meter, Christine!

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  4. I loved this. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle of words, carefully linked together.

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  5. This is a very cleverly constructed poem and I thoroughly enjoyed the play with words.

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  6. You are lyrical. Also, I’m delighted you decided to include ‘automaton’ this week too!

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