Daguerreotype

The machine makes dreams
or what it imagines dreams to be;
the machine makes paintings
but does not understand the texture of the brush,
the thickness of pigment and
peeling of paint;
The machine makes money,
and has no need for money,
the machine makes famines,
wars, pestilence, death,
The machine can make anything
but it doesn’t make mistakes.

chattering flywheel

chatter, chatter, chatter,
what is this cog to say –
Can anything important
take all day to say?
chitter, chitter, chitter,
what could drive your teeth?
is the oil’s heat divine
or do you merely seethe?
chotter, chotther, chatther
the words growl, low and loud,
stupid, earnest flywheel
when you break you won’t be proud.