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    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    touch- tablet in hands
    In our attempts to be known
    babies born with umbilical cords
    attached to phones
    where is please and thank you
    and how do you do
    where is respect
    where is service, where is time
    people so graceless and unkind
    did you hear someday
    they’re going to make robots cry

    The machine is here
    they trust them more than me
    I don’t have their speed
    or their accuracy
    does anybody care what we feel
    it all seems so unreal

    I hear community is a dirty word
    so they changed the name and the signs
    but the service is still the same
    the face of the company changing
    from day to day
    the ones that should have stayed
    their hearts were in the right place
    always leave
    it seems like the devil won
    and the angels flew away

    The machine is here
    they trust them more than me
    I don’t have their speed
    and they don’t give me time
    does anybody care what we feel
    it all seems so unreal

    I saw a woman ask for help
    and she was turned away
    by a mechanical smile
    she said she wanted
    to speak to the manager
    she was told to go online
    she turned to people like her
    they said they were all fine
    no wonder people fall so fast
    and to come up can be too long a climb

    The machine is here
    they trust them more than me
    I don’t have their speed
    but I’ll give you my time
    does anybody care what we feel
    it all seems so unreal

    It’s as if they’ve shuffled
    the cards of our destiny
    and taken away humanity
    we give people seeking asylum
    a refuge yet neglect to give them aid
    we don’t follow through on promises
    we are loosing sight
    of our own shore
    if you’re not a political animal
    don’t go knocking on that door

    The machine is here
    they trust them more than me
    I don’t have their speed
    let me breathe let me live
    does anybody care what we feel
    it all seems so unreal

    What happened to your neighbour
    the paramedics took him away
    he’s been relying on community
    to get him through
    some people don’t have anyone
    when they’re blue
    he’s not the only one in tears
    we close doors just to make sure
    we tighten up the screws
    locking up our fears

    The machine is here
    they trust them more than me
    I don’t have their speed
    or their accuracy
    does anybody care what we feel
    it all seems so unreal

    Now come to think of it
    I should’ve been prepared
    long ago when I was a child
    I saw my father with his tools
    a toolmaker building a container
    to come to Australia
    I was told to not be so sensitive
    or stand too tall
    even if I wasn’t the last one to leave
    to always shut the door

    Raija St Kilda 1/11/2017



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