Aphelion Issue 273, Volume 26
June 2022
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The Machine Age Begins

by John Grey

So this is where the machines are manufactured.
Who'd have thought?
Underground in a quiet rural area.
Cows, redundant for years,
graze atop man's replacement.
Horses, immured to their own obsolescence,
gallop over the pride of Future Works,
Soon all of civilization will be fit for
nothing more than grazing and galloping.
Any moment now, the great gates in the hill open
and IBM's Adam and Eve version 3.0 will emerge.
Such humming, whirring, beeping, flashing,
in the Garden of Eden.
Of course, the Apple is still forbidden.
And, in case of a serpent,
they've virus protection.

© 2007 John Grey

John Grey has been published recently in Agni,Hubbub, South Carolina Review and The Journal Of The AmericanMedicalAssociation. His latest book is “What Else IsThere?” from Main Street Rag.

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