02 April 2014

Decomposer

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Constructive Anatomy Drawing Book 15
They say you can break a man apart
And put him back together,
Stronger, faster, better.
Bionic.

Wither him down to bones and marrow.
Scour his brain with bleach.
Whiteboard blank
Brand new.

And what man can build a man back better?
Bodybuild back his gaunt cadaver frame.
Reteach his every syllable.
Reprogram.

How can you decompose an entire lifetime?
How can you demolish a man?
What made your soul
So vile?


This is submitted to Three Word Wednesday. The words were decompose, gaunt, and vile. For some reason, it made me think immediately of the Science Fiction classic The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester. I use the title in my last stanza. Thanks for reading!

6 comments:

  1. Love the searching questions throughout, and the way you built the man back up in the first verse as bionic.

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    1. I don't think I've ever managed to fit the word bionic in a poem before.

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  2. what made your soul
    so vile?
    great lines

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  3. Sounds like the third year textbook in Psychiatry!

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  4. Thank you for visiting and your kind comments, Belva, rallentanda, Sheilagh, and Danny.

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