Bulletproof – Reimagined
Although I don’t look normal, with eyeballs and skin,
big bushy eyebrows, a lumpy old chin,
stubby, short fingers, a ludicrous grin,
hair which is boisterous, curly and thin,
I’m actually a robot.
Yes, I agree, it’s unusual to see
someone looking so normal and sipping iced tea
when they’re actually metal and battery-powered,
someone whose circuit board’s never been showered.
It’s hard being a robot.
I look like a human but sound like a car
which is rusty and old and has driven too far.
My ironwork’s cumbersome, clunky and slow,
and everyone hears me wherever I go –
It’s loud being a robot.
I want to be subtle, I want to fit in,
but that cannot happen when, under my skin,
there are motors and pistons and grippers and gears
all put together by six engineers.
It’s lonely being a Robot.
Despite being built with a bulletproof shell
(although I must say that I hide it quite well),
inside I am squishy like jelly ice cream
and when it is night-time, I nod off and dream
of not being a robot.
Copyright: Bulletproof from Dear Ugly Sisters (Otter-Barry, 2020), © Laura Mucha 2020, used by permission of the author / song providied with permission of Andrew Staples.