2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write an auto poem. Auto could mean automobile, automatic, automaton, or any number of possibilities.

We clock in. We clock out.

It’s the same thing each day.

All monotonous, not autonomous.

We need to break away.


Performing the same tasks

Without thought or provocation.

They want a pre-programmed robot

Set on full automation.


Do this. Do that. Are we to go

About our work and just remain silent?

Like a mindless drone set upon its course

As if we were put on autopilot.


We’re to disconnect our intellect,

Swatted down like some measly insect.

Roaming like a zombie searching for the brain matter

That is the sanity to survive until the next paycheck.


Numbing down our mentality.

Micromanaged to a ridiculous degree.

Stripped of freedom and imprisoned to voluntary slavery.

And thus, rewiring our natural circuitry.




We are subjected to the tyranny of the dollar sign,

And it’s actually quite traumatic.


We must redefine the line

That has kept us behind,

Confined and blind

From a freedom so benign.

It’s time to unleash our mind

From this daily grind

And not resign

To these familiar binds…


That have become so automatic.

Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth


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