By Joshua Chalmers
HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH A ROBOT
(ten minute one)
I’m breaking in with a crowbar.
Nah it’s cool,
not into this bar.
I’m talking way in the future.
nobody’s calling me a liar?
Reaching loot it’s in a cabin.
Don’t think I’m up for what’s to come.
I can’t see what I’m having.
That shiny girl, she’s the one.
Beep to bop,
I’m still waiting.
Can’t pull a trigger on my mind.
Start to stop you’re still shaking,
You’re just not human kind.
I went to an open mic night in sunny old Hastings. I was pretty drunk. They put it in a sub though so you know how it is. You get given a word and ten minutes to write well pretty much anything you want. This word for this little number was robot .
My thinking? I imagined an imminent dystopia, one where robots take over, and humans are banished to the shadows. Living out the remainder of our existence as a subspecies, barely acknowledged by our robot superiors. It is from the perspective of a shadow dweller that falls in love with robot.
SO HOW DID GOD DO IT?
(ten minute two)
I don’t wanna put a name on it.
I’m not sure there’s a name for it.
If you wanna dive in closer,
might as well go local,
I’m just sitting here,
Stated from the sand,
Tried dealing in the rand,
Not really sure I was sposta.
Studied with the trees,
Only calm when at sea.
Like the flow,
What not print it on a poster.
The prompt for this was a painting. It depicted a black, male tennis player with a radio around his neck and two cranes looking at him. This was at the end of the evening, I’d had a bit more to drink. It’s another angle on the creation story.
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