“The Forgotten Mirror of Childhood Toys” © Bill Wolak


The Technology Company

a room full of robots
play poker standing up;
silicon chips fall to the floor
while an anxious man
a short little man
a very naked man
picks them up
careful not to drop or soil
or bend the cacophony of
encrypted thoughts,
handing them over
to his master, chief of
Artificial Intelligence
who tells his comrades
he/she/it will raise the stakes
and play to win
another day.

Said android now bends over
to one side, a loving hand extended
to caress and then ‘good boy’
his adoring pet, the human
who’s eager tongue now licks the toes
of the metallic feet.


Steve Bell is a poet who lives in Colorado and can’t wait to get in front of an open mic. (without a mask). An advocate for ‘the crazy ones’ (of whom he is a member of the bipolar tribe), he is big on human relationships and paranoid of technology, the necessary evil of the age.

Bill Wolak has just published his eighteenth book of poetry entitled All the Wind’s Unfinished Kisses with Ekstasis Editions. His collages and photographs have appeared recently in the 2020 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, the 2020 Dirty Show in Detroit, the 2019 Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, the 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival, and Naked in New Hope 2018.