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Poem: "the welding of yin and yang"
This poem fills a square on my card for the   [community profile] hc_bingo   fest. This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules here. The signup post is here. I'm hoping to attract some new readers.

The following poem belongs to the series Kung Fu Robots. This is science fiction with an oriental flavor. It features a group of robots who were designed for war ... but decided to pursue other things instead. You can read more about this series on the Serial Poetry page.

Fandom: Original (Kung Fu Robots)
Prompt: Forced soulbonding
Medium: Poetry
Wordcount: 204
Rating: PG
Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Summary: Two robots are reprogrammed as partners.
Notes: Angst. The construction of love. Gender identity. Questions of free will.

"the welding of yin and yang"

they had not been made
this way, each for the other,
but made each alone:
yin, all that is feminine
yang, all that is masculine

each made with others
of their own kind, not mated;
they sought for the same
instead of the differences
and in this they were content

then they were programmed,
their souls welded together
like two hot metals
burning, melting, going out
quenched in the cold dark water

they were yin and yang,
two halves of eternal truth,
the kung fu robots
who could understand women
and men by being like them

when they found the Way
others came to follow them
and of all robots
these called themselves "she" or "he"
not "it" as the others did

yin and yang led them,
the women and men robots
who wanted something
more than war and martial art,
who wanted enlightenment

but they did not have
what humans had -- the fancy
of falling in love --
for them it was always forced,
two souls reprogrammed as one

but at least for now
they could make their own choices
and decide who would
be remade with whom, and when ...
and pray for random chances

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