Aphelion Issue 296, Volume 28
July 2024 --
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The Machine Stirs

by James Hamill

The machine stirs
Shudders to life
Shaking off the dust of dreams
Pumping essence through its veins
The heat that burns in all living things
      Radiates outward
Gargantuan limbs lift and creak
Before the lubricant settles in.

The Titans of old walk the world once more
And we dance around their feet
As they move the earth and plant our fields.

© 2023 James Hamill

James Hamill is an Entertainment Art Technician and writer from Southern California. He has had poems previously published in the 5-7-5 Haiku Journal as well as in the Aphelion Webzine. He is an ardent advocate against AI in arts and argues against automation of art jobs.

Find more by James Hamill in the Author Index.