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There are so many people who cannot show emotions and feelings very easily. Many times they are misinterpreted as being cold or unfeeling and pay the consequences when, all the while, they just want to be open and expressive like everyone else.

They just can't.

A Few Visitor Comments

sunita
My mother is a cold and hard woman. I have hated her all my life because of her coldness. However, after reading this poem, I started to ponder, what if. Amidst my tears, I think I may have made a mistake all my life. Please continue to write.
ritzelle
I love this poem. i even post this to my blog!
sarah
This poem really touched me - very sad but beautiful x
Lorraine
A lot of truth packed into this poem.

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The Robot

Upon the stairway of despair,
Complete with broken love affairs
And promises that never came,
But faded with a touch of shame,
A pretty girl with golden hair
And innocence so sadly rare,
Strove to keep her head above
A way of life devoid of love.

Feeling pinned against Life's wall,
She chanced upon a robot tall
And said, "Please come and share with me
Whatever Fate has deemed to be.
I'm through with love, done with chances
Spirit crushed by past romances,
Just be a friend in word and deed.
That's all that I shall ever need."

"There's not too much from me to learn,"
Remarked the robot, in return.
"Emotions do not form a part
of my cold, solid-steel heart.
Whatever maker fashioned me
Did not permit my circuitry
Responsiveness to love or pain -
Your thoughts for me would be in vain."

"No matter", spoke the maid. "No more
Do I wish passion to explore.
Be someone I can come home to
When my exhausting day is through.
Count yourself a well-worn shoe -
A friend that I can slip into . . .
Protection from a stone cold floor . . .
For this I ask and nothing more."

Agreement made, he took her hand
And lived the life that she had planned,
Always willing, not demanding,
Aiding her with understanding
He made her smile with humorous wit
(As his restrictions would permit)
And, bit by bit, she came to feel
That he was more than iron and steel.

"I love you, robot", she at last
Replied when several months had passed.
"You're strength and quiet dignity
Have brought a wondrous change in me.
No more do I feel all alone,
And pray you must be flesh and bone.
Deep-set emotions you MUST feel
Within that outer coat of steel!"

"If I were able, I would say
I'm sorry I was made this way
But my design and programmation
Does not provide for that creation
Of feelings normal men may feel
That were not born of iron and steel.
I told you all this once before.
You have no right expecting more."

"Go, then!" cried she. "I will not live
Beside a fiend who cannot give!
Though I be battered by misuse,
Misguided trust and strong abuse,
At least the men I chose were real
And had the power to love and feel.
Of all the lovers I recall,
You are the cruelest one of all!"

The robot, indestructible,
Continues freely and at will.
Emotionless, apparently,
But, bearing closer scrutiny,
One can see a small tear streak
Down that cold, metallic cheek
As I reflect upon my life . . .
That lovely lady was my wife.

The robot, of course, was me.

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More Visitor Comments (from the Voting form)

will
simply amazing. well constructed and touching i love it
AMBER
SELF AWARENESS IS THE FIRST STEP TO CREATING A LIFE LONG CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR. IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE TO BE HONEST ABOUT WHO THEY ARE EXPOSING WEAKNESSES AND FAULTS WITHOUT STRAYING AWAY FROM THE TRUTH ABOUT WHO THEY ARE. THIS IS A GREAT POEM THE BEST IVE READ OR HEARD IN A LONG, LONG TIME. AMBER
Amin
you are just fantastic
AMELIA
i really like this poem whoever wrote it is a very unique thinker
michalyn
i loved this poem its from the heart and so seriele for feelings are so often unreal and painless for one to express
Adriana
i love this poem. ive been in a relationship with a few guys who just dont show much emotion towards me. and it kinda hurts in ways but this poem was absolutley amazing. i never thought about a man so insensitive like that. The other crazy thing is i went out with a guy named Michael Mack and he didnt show much emotion eithor and this poem made me kind of giggle of all the thoughts running through my mind when i saw who it was written by cause of the experiance i had with a guy named Michael Mack. i cant really explain it, but i absolutely love this poem!
Ashley
Michael-- your poem was amazing. so creative and the words run off the page! you are a great writer and i would love to read more of your poetry. the way you write is so heartfelt and real, you can describe feelings that people have, that they themself cant. thank you for sharing your poem! i truly truly enjoyed every word!
lili
i liked the poem so much especially the last part. its so touching and i want to tell you to proceed and never stop.
jennifer
OMG. i luv this poem. i wish my poems were this good! so sad too.
Jenn
This is an amazing poem! I am sure it has created much feelings for many! Thank you!
kalindi
All i have to say is WOW! this is a realllllly good poem. i really liked it. you are talented and theres is no dought about it.
chainney
the robot reminds me of my son's father that I've been dating fir 5 1/2 years
rebecca
wow that is more than emotional. i think it could have discribed more than 100 people's lives! wow is that how every man feels when they truely love someone but do not know? or are scared?
jazlin
omg great poem it made my eyes watery bravo
Nicole
Wow! Amazingly well-written. I really enjoy this site and the stories the poems tell. This is truly one of the best writings I have ever read. So many people (guys and ladies) have that love but do not know how to express it. Maybe this will help. Thank you for sharing.
Kassandra
I love it.
PATRICIA
I REALLY LOVE THIS POEM. I COMPLETELY RELATE TO IT IN A WOMAN'S SENCE. I AM THE ONE NOT ABLE TO SHOW ANY FEELINGS TOWARDS OTHERS BECAUSE OF A BROKENHEART. A LOT OF TIMES WE ARE UNAWARE THAT THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE EXPERIENCING THE SAME IN LOVE AND LIFE. THIS POEM FOR ME HAS MEANT FREEDOM -TO BREAK AWAY FROM THESE SHACKLES OF SORROW. THANX
Blossom
awwwwww it's rele touching and well written
leenayka
i liky he he he he i give u a 8 out of 10
Joletta
I LOVE THIS POEM! i tried it at last years speech and i ended up crying:P it just reminds me of how me and my boyfriend were:P gotta love this poem!
Greg
My wife want more from me that I seem to be able to give. I strongly identified with the robot.
justine
everybody will find love one day but no one should stop trying to find it even when you feel like there is nobody out there you shouldnt give up. there is somone out there for everyone all you have to do is wait for them to come.
Lauren
That was so touching, loving, and heart-breaking! I loved it!
Jaine
I really like this poem. It transmits the idea that it doesn't matter who you are, sooner or later one is going to feel love. It also shows the significance of being in a relationship in which both sides love each other.
shirley
What an insight into human nature; men are from Mars, Women from Venus! If you can write about that facade that men have, then you can fix it! It's a great work with words! It looks right into my soul and puts my thoughts into words. Men, grrrr! Keep touching my heart! shirl
Tammy
Loved this poem. Keep writing.
rachel
i reli enjoyed that poem it was nice it touched me you gave it a lot of thought and made it good.
ladylizandra
Amazing! I guess i can relate myself to the robot. There are just people who finds it difficult to express themselves and i for one am one of these people.
brandie
this poem is really really good this person deserves a good pat on the back for such an amazing poem. just keep up the good work on your poems and hopefully one of these days you will have many of poetry books.
alexis
this is the best!i love it! if i were a perfecional editor i would give it five stars! i love it!
Stacy
This poem describes me to a "T" but I'm a woman. I have been described as cold, heartless, and unemotional and oddly enough I am just the opposite. I just don't show feelings and emotions like the rest of the world. I could absolutely relate to this and I have probably written a few poems myslef that are similar to this one! Great job! Love your writing style.
HOLLIE
Deeply touching!
Rochelle
I absolutely love this poem. I think Micheal Mack can write really well!
cate
heartfelt. and it is true that love has many faces that we all don't understand. subdued love is perhaps the sweetest. To me.
Ce-Ce
That was b-e-autiful!
felisha
i love the fact that you put yourself in the robots point of you.
Taylor
i was touched by your poem. It was just what i needed to hear. It shows that even the most solid people can still have feelings. Even though he was made out of steel he had a little trickl in his eye which was love. And everyone can have love all they need is a little push.
Holly
this poem was amazing iv shown everybody my teachers, friends, mum, gran. i think anyone who is in love or out of love will proper enjoy this poem.
Jared
Very well written, this gets my vote.
tracy
absolutely brilliant. loved it
caitlyn
i know how this feels i to cannot express my emotions either that is why i writesad and depressing poems
Caroline
I loved this poem. It appealed to me because I am like the robot in that I may have strong feelings but I can never get them out or across to people.
ruby
i love the poem
sally
i really enjoyed reading this and trying to feel what u the robot was feeling and can show that love is out there even if its harder for some to react or understand themselves.
Shalina
This poem is awesome! I give it a 9 on a scale of 1-10. Thanks
lugenia
beautiful! no other word needed
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