Stephen Vincent Benet
Pennsylvania / United States
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Nightmare Number Three

We had expected everything but revolt
And I kind of wonder myself when they started thinking--
But there’s no dice in that now.
I’ve heard fellow say
They must have planned it for years and maybe they did.
Looking back, you can find little incidents here and there,
Like the concrete-mixer in Jersey eating the wop
Or the roto press that printed 'Fiddle-dee-dee!'
In a three-color process all over Senator Sloop,
Just as he was making a speech. The thing about that

Was, how could it walk upstairs? But it was upstairs,
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Glen 22 April 2021

Also written long before the Steven King stories.

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Maryanne Pribulka 02 July 2015

Remember, this was written before The Terminator. And even before robots...

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* Sunprincess * 31 May 2014

...........truly this would be a nightmare, great write....

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