Decaying Technology

There’s a little motor and a plastic gear
with two or three chipped teeth,
the laser works, mostly,
but the disc will skip or
the music will drop and crawl or
rush forwards at random,
and it will only get worse as years go by,
just another object never intended to be maintained,
only replaced –
I worry I’ve forgotten how to hold things dear,
this is only an old walkman but
it meant something to me, once,
a replacement for a casette player that
loved to chew and jam;
and now it is replaced –
another derelict music player drifting in the shed;
someday to be displayed in a museum
next to the arrowheads.

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