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Sunday, 28 September 2014

the machine

this machine 
doesn't do
what I think it does

I guessed incorrectly
at the design
and can't make sense of the flaws
although I know that they are there 

the manufacturer was not to blame
nor the original owner
it was hired out: the machine,
to inexpert hands

they wished nothing more
than to examine the workings
and delicate parts 
for reasons I still can't tell. 

it strikes us now
that though irretrievably flawed 
the idea of the machine itself 
is the most beautiful thing 

that ever was. 

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