What Phoebe Hears
Nuala NĂ­ Chonchuir

Tonight I heard on the radio...
about a new kind of robot
made with slug like cells and grown
in bio physic pots

About a new kind of robot
cultivated from creamy foam
in bio physic pots.
An amorphous mass, neither brain or bone

Cultivated from creamy foam,
they act on blind instruction.
An amorphous mass, neither brain or bone.
I think of Israeli destruction

They act on blind instruction,
Hamas, Russian Separatists,
I think of Israeli destruction
Boko Haram in the forests

Hamas, Russian Separatists
MH17 shot down.
Boko Haram in the forests.
Bodies spilt across the ground

MH17 shot down,
people pour from the sky.
Bodies spilt across the ground
Beings bounce on power lines

People pour from the sky,
Men and women of intelligence.
Beings bounce on power lines,
killed by robots with no resistance.

Men and women of intelligence
killed by robots with no resistance
made with slug like cells and grown
Tonight I heard on the radio...