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Machine

by Cheryl Frances-Hoad From The Thought Machine (2016)

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Text

Machine
English source: Kate Wakeling

My machine, my machine, meet my fine new machine:
note its clever design, see its marvellous sheen.
Now, I hear it’s the first with this all-improved screen
that can function as friend, fridge, page, pet and latrine.*

Oh how neatly it fits in your bag, hand or brain;
it can film all your daydreams and switch off the rain;
it puts time in reverse if you’re missing a train –
and when troubled, just switch all its settings to SANE.

For this thing was designed by a top engineer
to delete chance and boredom and wonder and fear,
so if feeling fed up with the hour, day or year,
simply turn to the menu and click **disappear**.

Composer

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Cheryl's music has been described as “like a declaration of faith in the eternal verities of composition” (The Times), with “a voice overflowing not only with ideas, but also with the discipline and artistry necessary to harness them” (The…

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