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Poem: Lost Soul in the City of the Machine

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  • Poem: Lost Soul in the City of the Machine

    Here's a new poem. I guess you can say it was inspired by Pink Floyd's Welcome to the Machine and Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Hope you like


    City of the Machine


    I am the lost soul in the city of the machine,
    I feel that I the only man here to dream
    To dream of a life outside the machine
    To dream of freedom

    I am the lost soul in the city of the machine
    The rebellious cog, the flawed element
    They make me run to the beat of the machine’s heart
    I try and run to my own beat
    Yet I know I will be beaten for it

    I am the lost soul in the city of the machine
    Working, working, working
    All I can do is work, work
    In the city of the machine
    That is what the machine will have me do
    That is all they want me to do

    I am the lost soul in the city of the machine
    I want to run free of the machine’s skyscraper claws
    I want to smash the machine, break all the cogs
    Free the souls, free them all from this fate
    But will they thank me for their freedom
    Or will they destroy me in turn?

    I am the lost soul in the city of the machine,
    I feel that I the only man here to dream
    To dream of a life outside the machine
    To dream of freedom
    But I know there will be no truth to my dream
    Dreams are all I can have
    In the city of the machine.

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    Re: Poem: Lost Soul in the City of the Machine

    Originally posted by manmiles
    I guess you can say it was inspired by Pink Floyd's Welcome to the Machine and Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Hope you like
    Not to mention Terry Gilliam's film Brazil.

    And it's a nice bit of work. Do like.

    E.M. Forester has a story called "The Machine Stops" that is a classic on this theme.

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    • #3
      Pretty good! Robert Calvert also picked up this theme; check out "Freq". :)
      \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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      • #4
        Re: Poem: Lost Soul in the City of the Machine

        Originally posted by Carter Kaplan
        Originally posted by manmiles
        I guess you can say it was inspired by Pink Floyd's Welcome to the Machine and Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Hope you like
        Not to mention Terry Gilliam's film Brazil.

        And it's a nice bit of work. Do like.

        E.M. Forester has a story called "The Machine Stops" that is a classic on this theme.
        Damn! Forgot Brazil!

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        • #5
          Please. Always stay a rebellious cog!

          Good one here. i got the mood right away and your imagery stays.
          thank you!

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          • #6
            Don't forget the Police's "Invisible Sun".
            The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Berry Sizemore
              Don't forget the Police's "Invisible Sun".
              Okay, yes, thankyou everyone! :P

              But not actually heard that song though.

              Shall have to find it and give it a listen.

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