Archive Poetry
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Archive Poetry

it’s unaware of its value
my coffee maker
can’t comprehend its worth
or even know
its capability,
unable therefore
to recognize my gratitude
after its ministration
doesn’t have a life
beyond that current surge
empowering duty’s call
doesn’t understand
the physical world
that contributed so much
to allow functionality

at least that’s what i deduced
after it rudely ignored
my attempts to converse

First published by ‘The Daily Drunk Mag’,
edited by Shawn (anon) June 2020,
‘artificial unintelligence’
the sandover highway
stretches north east from the plenty -
itself attached to highway 87
out of alice springs

slicing through country
it connects cultures

700km from town
lies alpurrurulam
embracing the territory/queensland border

seven hours hard solo driving
toyota tough
with satellite phone/overcast skies/good grace

expect mostly traffic of stock/roos
few cars

educational postman me
delivering adult literacy
at journey’s end
songbird me
alone on a branch
of my family’s tree

inherited songs
contemporary tunes
seeks permanent audience

slave to currency
is genial reward
i work with
testosterone fuelled
apprentices … mechanical;
i can feel the
dominant males -
hairs bristling
on my neck;
their careless ways
first through third year
diminishing by degrees
as they steel
themselves for
uncertain manhood

i watch
deft fingers
latch onto complex
production machines
laid open with
arrogant skill –

strict guidelines
for reparation;

indentured papers?

‘insufficient servicing’,
cry petulant maidens!

First published by Emerald Publishers (#1 of ‘3 workplace poems’)
in “Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal”,
March 2020
i work
as a cleaner –
factory floor

my implements
are replaced with newer products

must be reported

complaints must be aired to my manager

in my job
i have learned
it doesn’t pay to be smarter than the broom
red earth\raw material\once forged\it is literal;

see the arc\feel the heat\shape the product\without mishap
know its strength - paternal and rigid;

leader in its field\stainless steel\unbeatable\hardened\toughened
and fully drilled;

australian mettle?

new age prattle!