Hook Him Up to the Machine

Thomas W Case

Hook him up to the machine.
Shock his brain into
Death stalks him;
he is aware.
There is too much
flash in his eyes.
His brain needs a reboot;
he needs to forget,
like a goldfish, like
a monkey in the zoo.
Hook him up to the machine.

He is too sentimental.
Salmon swim in his blood;
he has a paisley heart,
and a tie-dye soul.
He can smell colors.
Hook him up to the machine.
He has Van Gogh eyes, and
a Bukowski gut; he walks
like he's lost in a maze;
hunchback sadness,
butcher knife nerves,
Hook him up to the machine.

He believes in love,
and has too much trust.
His vivid green memory
is a curse, we need to
crash it, kill the eternal spring.
Hook him up to
the machine.

  • Author: Thomas W Case (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 25th, 2024 17:46
  • Comment from author about the poem: Check out my book, Seedy Town Blues Collected Poems on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Seedy-Town-Blues-Thomas-Case/dp/B0CJLR274H/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&dib_tag=se&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.e7Sro2oO4UjaBcKqZIPeEs43o3HVAQT9lrOKifDCaJX-DDPrYF_5aZ2M8hZqdPJKGNvqFKn1jHdWE2a3w03zEQ.IzBphUJ7QVp4SOq5adVZ5JiMLkg6d2Ilqvcl8o0p4g8&qid=1708901132&sr=1-1
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  • Doggerel Dave

    Muscular poetry, but not quite sure what the problem is.
    Free spirit to be ground down by the 'system'? Seems the 'system' missed out there, conformity too far behind.

  • Thomas W Case

    Thanks for the read

  • Goldfinch60

    Those machines can take our minds right away from us Thomas.


    • Thomas W Case

      Yes, they can. Thank you.

    • Neville

      the last time I had a trip as good as this, someone spiked my soda ..

    • Teddy.15

      Ironically excellent 🌹

    • Introverted Sage

      Brilliant wording and dichotomy depicted.
      Stay wild and free 🪶

      • Thomas W Case

        Thank you. I think I will.

      • Cassie58

        I don’t wanna be him! Does sound like a bad trip turning into a disaster quickly. Great movement and choice of language. .

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