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Epitaph for an Android

Updated on February 27, 2017
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Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher. He wrote for IHPVA magazines and raced these vehicles with his father (who builds them).


What can be said for this man
We lay to rest?

He woke up in the morning
Had his breakfast
And kissed his wife

He went to work
Hid in the cubicle
Face to the screen
Typing and typing

He went to lunch
Ate burgers and fries
Went back to work
Typing and typing


He came home
Sat in his chair
Watched TV
Until it was time
To sleep.

He slept until
The alarm woke him up.
And He repeated
Over and over.

What else can be said for this man
We lay to rest?


Something went wrong
He came home
Not himself
Nobody knew why
Nobody asked
He went to bed early
And was dead by
The next day.

I wish I could write
Greatness by his name
I wish I could show
A man of love and care.
But that's not what we have here
This is an android
Not of wire and metal
But of flesh and blood.

The computer chip
In his head
Finally burned out

And it's time to lay him to rest.

So that's what has to be said
For this man we lay to rest.

© 2017 Dean Traylor


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    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Dean, we are becoming more and more like androids and in the not too distant future the workforce may be full of them. A well written piece. Love the first image.

    • jgshorebird profile image

      Jack Shorebird 14 months ago from Southeastern U.S.

      A poignant piece.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 14 months ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I knew a man like the one in your poem. He worked double shifts seven days week for years in a roller bearing plant. No time for anything else. He retired on a Sunday night and was dead by 6:00am Monday.

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      Venkatachari M 14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A true but very sad picture of the modern day lifestyles of people. Nobody is realizing where he or she is heading towards. And, if anybody does, it is too late.

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      whonunuwho 14 months ago from United States

      That does define so many in today's workforce. A unique perspective and so demonstrative in its description. Well done in this creative work. Blessings to you and family. whonu