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Poem: "Silicon Skin and Carbon Hearts"

This poem came out of the February 2009 poetry fishbowl, and it tells about the origin of the "silico" androids who appear in some of my fiction and poetry. The February sponsors are: jenny_evergreen, minor_architect, laturner, and janetmiles.


Silicon Skin and Carbon Hearts



I never intended for this to happen,
but now that it has,
I can’t say I’m sorry for it.

I only intended
for art to imitate life.
I programmed the motions of silicon skin
to mimic emotions of carbon hearts.
I wanted the androids to seem familiar,
not cold and mechanical.

How could I have known
that one mind would quicken with life,
one heart warm with love?
I had been building androids for years,
and nothing like that
had ever happened before.

I only know that one day
I went into the lab to work on my project
and found him playing on the floor, already awake.
His smile lights lit when he saw me
though I had flipped no switch, initiated no program.
He called my name in a stumbling voice
that was not the smooth synthesized sound I had given him.

When I gazed into the sleek metal of his face,
I found myself staring into
the eyes of my son

and my cool carbon heart,
childless no longer,
also discovered fire.
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