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I am a robot
I do not understand

Maps, rocks, overheads, stone tools, animal bones, images, books, internet sites
Children from long ago
Paintings on cave walls
A triangle of trade across the Atlantic
Gold, silver, furs, codfish and beans
Gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans

These are the things I know
This is what I do
This is my world

When you kissed my lips
I didnít know what to do
Held my hands
I feared I was holding them wrong
Drunk and telling me you love me like a fool
And I didnít understand

Your face is so much harder to read than a map
Maps are easy
District 1, District 2
River System 6, River System 7

Real dates are much harder than historic dates
I know the United States purchased Alaska in 1867
But I donít even know the simplest of conversation topics

Feelings donít make sense the way Aboriginal languages do
Attaching ďGuaĒ to a place name attaches meaning
But whatís happening on your face and in the tone of your voice
Do not attach any meaning for me

Perhaps it really is time to quit
Dive back into the world of time and space
The world of rocks and minerals
Dinosaurs and cavemen
The only world where I can truly be me

I am a robot
I do not understand

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The following comments are for "I am a robot"
by claudita

Its a nice poem. Robots might not feel like us. This poem speaks about that so well. They have no emotions too.

Thanks for the write.


( Posted by: G.S.VASUKUMAR [Member] On: April 8, 2006 )

To me this is a beautiful love poem, and if not love, then at least a poem of great yearning.

It's like you find more understanding and learning from the dead than you do from the living. For which I cannot blame you.

Terrific poem, except for the robot part. I know what you mean but I don't think "robot" is the best way to describe it.

Thanks for the poem and all the attendant magic.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: April 23, 2006 )

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