Cleaning Out the Machine

by Hunter MacKenzie

Becoming unflattered
ceasing to worry
now initiating thinktoomuch program
dangerous, that
endless loop of defragmentation
degeneration
anticipation of pain
(Pavlovian dog-style)
a cracked gear in the works
fragile ties fractured
as easily as
pressing the delete button
the moment lost
years stretch into centuries
miles extend for galaxies
kill the angst
shatter the doubt
clean out the machine
wrap up the pieces in a shroud of skin
return to zero and
start
all
over
again

© Copyright 1999, 2013 by Hunter MacKenzie

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Self-Help Books You Won’t Find in Your Local Library

by Erin Abernethy, Patrick Redding & Rob Colfax

Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff: Using Denial in Everyday Life

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Not-So-Final Exit: A Complete Guide to Faking Your Own Death

How to Win Friends and Blackmail People

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When Grandpa Won’t Shut Up: Another Family Guide to Coping With the Drunk on the Couch

The Do-It-Yourself Exorcism Handbook for the Layperson

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WhO r u tALking 2? wHat evEry paRenT shOuLd knoW aBoUt sNoOpiNg arOunD iN yoUr cHiLd’s cOmPuTeR

© Copyright 2006, 2013 by Erin Abernethy, Patrick Redding & Rob Colfax

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