Post-weekend Poetry 006: ‘The Androyd’ by Vincent Miskell

Welcome to the new Post-weekend Poetry and the sixth poem in this new weekly series. This week’s piece is entitled ‘The Androyd’ by Vincent Miskell.

The Androyd

Androyd, Androyd, lasered bright
Through the vacuum of the night,
What impossible pedigree
Could ruin your immortality?

From what distant ooze or thighs
Burned the fire from your eyes?
With what neuron did it conspire
To crush you with celestial fire?

And what sympathy and which art
Could slay you for your lack of heart?
Then as your parts dispersed in space
Did a smile stretch on its face?

What hapless haploid genome
Could hate you for your soul of chrome?
And as its beam burst you in flame,
Did it feel some bytes of shame?

When the stars expressed their fears
And shaped the planets with their tears,
Were you then an entity?
Is what killed you, now after me?

Androyd, Androyd, lasered bright
Through the vacuum of the night,
What impossible pedigree
Dare ruin your immortality?

I asked Vincent what prompted this piece and he said…

I think Blake’s “The Tyger” is one of the greatest short poems in English. The opening lines are so visual (and visionary) and powerful:  “Tyger, Tyger, burning bright/ In the forests of the night.” One way to try to understand a poem is to write in its style–or in my case–write a parody.  Since I enjoy science fiction, the theme of an android naturally came to mind. Even though one of my aims is to be humorous in the poem, it still echoes some of the power of the original.

Thank you Vincent – I loved it. 🙂

Originally from New Jersey, Vincent Miskell lives in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area of Florida with his wife Jane, Border Collie Bridget, and two cats (Joey and Maggie). Vin works as a writing instructor at two universities and has published nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, including poems in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and in Star*LineIn 2006, his poem “Screen Savior” was nominated for a Rhysling Award.  In 2011, his SF poem “Our Canine Defense Team” won second place in the Best Poem category in Asimov’s Science Fiction The Twenty-Fifth Annual Readers’ Awards.

His poems have also appeared in The Lyric, Mobius, Poetic Voices of America, Best in Poetry, and Stories and Ballads.  Currently, he has eight ebooks on Amazon and Smashwords.

If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

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