April 29, 2010

NaPoWriMo #29

Marimba-Playing Robots

Metal slaps
in your ears closing in,
an army of feet
and sound.
Garage-band melody
thumps its way outside
and the air trembles
with the shake.
Robots march,
wide-open, wide-awake,
feet stomp along.
Marimbas left in the dust,
robot hands slapping
robot quadriceps,
robot feet displacing
earthy sand.

The prompt over at ReadWritePoem was to use headlines from news sources, and I was on the LA Times blog, where there was a headline that included the words 'marimba-playing robots.' Come on...you couldn't honestly expect me to leave that delicious phrase lying around. This poem was hard, though -- way harder than I expected, but I just tried to focus on that throbbing beat and the sound of robots moving, since I'm not too much of an expert on marimbas. I will admit that I didn't know what a marimba looked like until today.

And on the subject of good news, tomorrow is the last day of NPWM -- and April! Can you believe it?!


Inkgirl said...

The first thing I thought of when I heard that was the iPhone ringtone. And GarageBand, too. Could it be that you've drawn inspiration from your devices too? :)

I love the first stanza, anyhow.

Jessie Carty said...

and now i must google marimba :)

Maya Ganesan said...

@Inkgirl: Actually, I don't think so, considering that I've never played GarageBand, and, although my dad does have an iPhone, I really dislike the ringtone. But it's a cool suggestion!

Cortney said...

Wow...so I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm very impressed and very jealous of your talent. I went to your website after I was done reading this and was totally blown away by what you've accomplished. I'm totally following you now. (:

Maya Ganesan said...

@Cortney: Thank you! That might just be one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me :)