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Poem: "For Want Of..."
This poem was inspired and sponsored by minor_architect who wanted me to write about vending machines. Instead of putting humans in front of a nonhuman machine, though, I put nonhumans in front of a human vending machine. Guess what kind popped into my mind...


For Want Of…



I know that crime is a problem,
Your Majesty, I really do …

But without crime,
We’d have no criminals;

Without criminals,
We’d have no miners;

Without miners,
We’d have no silverdisks;

Without silverdisks,
The Machines would give us no drive sleeves;

Without drive sleeves,
Our spacefleet would go nowhere;

Without the fleet,
We’re not going to win this war;

And if we don’t win the damn war,
The Ravenok are going to come and eat us all.

So no, I can’t pardon your son for breaking a window:
That’s how young people enlist these days.

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From: minor_architect Date: January 7th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice! I like how this poem rides that fine line between seriousness and hilarity. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you like it. It has funny stuff in it, but it's not exactly humor; and it has serious stuff in it, but it's certainly not serious.
tonithegreat From: tonithegreat Date: January 7th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it!

I haven't been able to participate much in your fishbowls lately, but I still enjoy seeing your poems here!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you liked it. I hope you'll be able to participate in more fishbowls in the future.
From: browngirl Date: January 7th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
One, this is a great poem, at once gigglesome and profound.
Two: ack, I missed the current fishbowl! Not that I have any money right now, anyway.
Three: Thank you, you know for what. I finally finished going through my Holiday Mail. :D
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you liked the poem, and the holiday mail!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 7th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
BRAVA!
lizamanynames From: lizamanynames Date: January 8th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE THIS!! I love this utterly.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 8th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you like it. I had fun with this one.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: January 10th, 2009 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm...I am not getting it. I mean, I think I get the poem, but I am not getting the connection to vending machines.

My brain must be frozen, that's it.
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