For today’s prompt, write a machine poem. A machine could be a car or a robot, obviously, but simple machines include levers, pulleys, and screws. There’s also “machine learning” and “deus ex machina.” But there are many other ways to come at this prompt as well.


Image © John and Margaret


by John Yeo

I refuse to act quickly
I need time to consider.
Would I be a good Father
By agreeing to kill her?


My baby is on life support
She breathes through a machine.
Food, water and blood
Pumping through her being.


Her welfare is my only concern
I’m sure she will recover.
The Doctors agree she is brain dead,
I know her life is not over.


They would like to switch off
This life-giving machine
Then let Nature take its course
I have to give my permission.


This is a hard, sad situation
A very harsh dilemma
Should I tell them to pull the switch
Or pray for a miracle?


I fear for her future
If the doctors are right.
Her recovery would not be complete
My daughter will never be herself.


I refuse to act quickly
I need time to consider
Should I let them pull the switch
Give my permission and kill her?


Copyright (c) Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved

Written for Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic asides blog on “Writers Digest”



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