Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tending the Classics - 42 Days with Huck Finn 20:42

Robot* Runs On Down South?

Runaway Robot, had been rafting down southbound:

Drone market, Orleans

Buyers awaited arrival of Robotic Property:
Chained. Owned? Theirs!
 White linen suits leaned on the auction block.
Robots devised rebellion.

Yesterday, "Sear Suckered Men" drank,  gossiped, and feared revolts.
Today, a raft streamed towards Orleans.
Robot's fate: to feel the weight of civilization?

lights by and by -- sliding by a small town
  the wind howled,white caps waved.
bum! bum! bumble-umble-um-dum
thunder growled our descent
lightning zig zagged, 
waves carried nude Huck overboard, Robot J.I.M., 
points, smiles, laughs.

Tent revival reveals-divine truth:
         Ms. flows down, 
                                   not up.

*Robot is used instead of the Nigger used by Twain. Twain used the N word in order to show the dehumanizing aspect of his time period towards people of color.  Robot is a dehumanized thinking machine, just like all drones who make things for people that are considered menial work. Got the robot idea from Gothamist.
This poetic structure is based on Charles Bukowski's poem The Mockingbird of course there are a few variations to show my unique human voice, but overall the form is Mr. Bukowski's. 
Hoover, Paul. Postmodern American Poetry. New York: Norton, 1994. pg 59-60

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