the machine

the machine

A Chapter by Lyn Anderson

once again, it isn't really metaphorical

The machine
eats the injured
and feeds the industry.
insurance adjusters,
medical professionals,
to take from the
and distribute
the leftovers
when they are through.
and her,
in Gucci suit
and Jimmy Choos,
asks me
with her sharpened pencil
is everyone out to get me?
"Of course not," I say.

© 2016 Lyn Anderson

Author's Note

Lyn Anderson
look not for a hidden meaning.

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Good point you're making in your message here. It kinda makes me cringe to read this, you've painted the details with such clarity. Your observations become more & more specific as the poem goes along, until the final scene is like a movie (I can see it perfectly).

Posted 2 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

2 Years Ago

Thank you. So much. This experience with personal injury law has forever changed my perception of ma.. read more
Sad that so many profit from pain and hardship.
I mean, look even at how search engine optimization works for advertising here on this site.
You write a poem about injury of something painful and personal and next to the poem you get an ad for personal injury lawyers. Talk about adding insult to injury...

So much is machine driven, metaphorically or not.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

2 Years Ago

I have landed right in the middle of a place I thought I would never be. Thank you for the review an.. read more
Ana Papaya

2 Years Ago

You're welcome. What do they call these moments? Character building? You do have loads of charact.. read more
Lyn Anderson

2 Years Ago

I suppose I shall have to go with that. There is nothing else.
Wow. You threw me straight to Pink Floyd/The Metropolice.

And that's a great thing.
One of the best bands of all time.
One of the best movies of all time. (1927, Germany.)

Some see the Machine as a movie as one of the big, red signs of a culture wounded, troubled and damaged enough for Nazi Germany to emerge.

Here's a bit, edited to combine the two.

You write 'This isn't really metaphorical'.
That's the sad and painful part about your poem.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

2 Years Ago

Thank you for that, and for looking at the broader picture.
paranoia runs rampant---and i think we subconsciously, as poets, write metaphorically even when we don't---

we are all technology's children...and real which is so sublime, has toed the line and we don't even know who or what we are anymore.

significant write---you push buttons.

Posted 2 Years Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

oh geez, terrible here, all the ambulance chasing lawyers---suits filed for every little thing---and.. read more
Lyn Anderson

2 Years Ago

Here's the sad part, though, If the insurance had a chart, the diagnoses, and offered a reasonable s.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

2 Years Ago

amen to that. we just want to get on with it...

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Added on June 11, 2016
Last Updated on August 14, 2016
Tags: lawyers, insurance, accident, money


Lyn Anderson
Lyn Anderson

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I write under a pseudonym. I don't do Read Requests, but you can PM me if you want me to read something specific. I make friends with people who I read and interact with. I won't accept random reque.. more..


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