Time Machine


Remember Tic-Toc, the mechanical man
from the Wizard of Oz?

(Does Everything But Live.)

He had to be wound up
to operate, and eventually,
his inner workings would slow
down like a roulette wheel until he stopped;
Stuck inside a frozen body. Looking out
through unresponsive eyes;
alive, but unmoving.

Life in a tin can.



6 thoughts on “Time Machine”

  1. I got the sense that the poem was making an analogy between being a robot and depression. The voice is wistful suggesting that there were better days but now s/he feels like locked inside their own brain.

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