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August 4, 2010

Mechanimal

Purring gears drive long, smooth cylinders
Stretching and retracting with sure purpose
Sensitive sensors measuring distance

Timers and relays guide carefully probing steps
Quietly ratcheting mechanisms transfer energy

Moving parts glide silently inside
Functions follow specified designs
Adapting quickly to conditions

Original programming takes precedence
Code maps leave nothing to chance

32 comments:

  1. This reads like the staccatto of a machine, many parts in motion. Nice one, Eric.

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  2. I love the mix of cat and mechanical description. Interesting poem, and I mean that in a good way.

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  3. This poem seems built Ford tough by quality control engineers. Reminds me of AI and contemplating whether or not machines "think" Great work, Bubba

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  4. Dear Eric
    Nice imagery, picturising the inside in a smooth flow... it was an interesting read...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Twitter: @VerseEveryDay
    Blog: http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com

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  5. Haha...nice...
    really mechanimal... :)

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  6. Ohh- those code maps! Yes I can hear it
    and feel it, good one!

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  7. so why do i feel so lost in the machine?

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  8. i love the play with the title "Mechanimal" the cat and the machine....clever write eric...cheers pete

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  9. Nice. The cadence just clicks along. (It reminds me a little of the background sound of the current Jeep commercial.) And I know "animals" just like that.

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  10. this is cool...sensitive sensors..precision..nice!

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  11. An intriguing piece, well written.

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  12. i guess there is life in there, not just parts with no intelligence.

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  13. The whole piece just glides along like silk. I like it

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  14. I like the mechanics of it. And the crafting...

    bits and pieces

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  15. This machine apparently requires no tinkering; it is well maintained!

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  16. Well oiled gears tremble to the beautiful sounds of progress, technology, all driven by the force of the coded directions. Nice imagery.

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  17. Great! I love the comparison of the cat and machine.

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  18. I liked that very much, particularly the last four lines. The 'code maps' particularly evocative.

    Thanks so much for riding! Did you read about the book bit? If it's OK to use the poem, e-mail me at TitusmckayATaolDOTcom with the name you'd like it to appear under.

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  19. Is it a gecko? Is it a bushbaby? Noooo . . . it's a . . . it's a . . .

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  20. What's the problem, FTSE? It's a motor bike. Hmmmm . . . maybe I recognised it because I ride one.

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  21. It's a panther motor bike me thinks. Great to have a new rider on the bus!! And perhaps a motor bike rider at that!

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  22. Well, this is a cool analogy. I really like how you liken the cat's movements to a machine - it really works.

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  23. Cool creative combo! Oh, and keep the change. :-)

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  24. The ghost in the machine? Clever, well executed piece. Vb

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