Brian Johnston

Gold Star - 14,354 Points (Jan.20,1943 / Oklahoma)

Ph: Robotics: A Robot Assassin Named 'Green' (Part 1) - Poem by Brian Johnston

“Let me introduce myself
I am simple, I am ‘Green’
The planet’s very first,
Non-localized and multi-form,
Unstoppable assassin,
I'm friendly to environment,
Discriminating too,
A truly no mess death machine
But if I want you dead you are.”
SO PAY ATTENTION TO ME PLEASE.”

“I kill but with a purpose,
Your name and money not enough,
Though only victims learn this truth,
It’s why my job is really tough,
The entity that hired me,
That paid me to kill you,
Is also under microscope,
Could die before this day is through,
My answer to his cleanup call
Might save your life but spell his end.”

“A rock along the path you hike,
A letter in your box,
A dog that’s running in the park,
You simply can’t escape my reach,
My friend you look quite pale! ”
The good news is you’re still alive,
And that IS saying something,
But though I’ve let you live this long,
Destruction of my present form,
Won’t change your death’s timetable.”

“So I suggest we partner up
At least until you’re gone,
But in a box, or on two feet,
I’m open to suggestions,
Until this job has run its course,
You’re under my protection.
But others too can play this game,
And we should stay alert,
Your death may have more authors
With plans to write even my end.”

Brian Johnston
March 16,2015

Poet's Notes:
I woke at 4: 30 AM with this little guy buzzing around in my head. By 6AM his birth was recorded for all to see. Personally I rather like him as disquieting as that seems. He is indeed perhaps almost a human invented version of God, or at least, a superhero created by man. Imagine, a little robot who wants a clean world (at least free of murderous intent) for all the rest of us to live in. He reminds us that our own judgments about others might be flawed too and have serious consequences in the world as he contemplates his potentially deadly mission.: -)

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Brian Johnston
March 15,2015

Comments about Ph: Robotics: A Robot Assassin Named 'Green' (Part 1) by Brian Johnston

  • Bri Edwards (3/18/2015 8:48:00 PM)


    a BIT mysterious, i'd say. is Obama your boss? or Putin? ? which one has better benefits, i wonder. hmmm? . it has been years since (for some nights in a row, i think) i woke up (before my wake up time) to write small poems.

    I've heard a few people refer to BJ as simple but i thought they were kidding. now he admits it! !

    some favorite lines:

    A truly no mess death machine
    But if I want you dead you are.”

    and

    My friend you look quite pale! ”
    The good news is you’re still alive,
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    these lines have stumped me:
    But in a box, or on two feet,
    I’m open to suggestions,
    - - - - - - - -
    You're= correct (+ one point)
    other's=incorrect (-two points)

    but i liked how you used authors and write near the ending.

    i'm glad i was not present at the 'birth'; those things can be messy!


    =========================
    i read recently about a person who had accepted money to kill someone, but the job was not done. the article (i think) said the 'person' had not committed a crime by not fulfilling the contract because a contract to kill someone is not legally binding. something like that. so maybe Green can get away with murder without committing any murders!

    bri :)
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    Brian Johnston Brian Johnston (3/19/2015 6:50:00 PM)

    Hi Bri, I bet if 'Green' was having this conversation with you in person you would have had less trouble with the last stanza.

    At least until you’re gone,
    But in a box, or on two feet,
    I’m open to suggestions,
    Until this job has run its course,
    You’re under my protection.

    So what 'Green' is saying here is that he has to decide whether you really are a bad person and he should honor his contract, or perhaps the person who hired him is bad in which case Green will kill him and let you go free. A third possibility is that Green will kill both of you.
    In any case soon you will in fact be gone but in a coffin (Green kills you) or on 'your own' two feet (because Green let you go unharmed) has yet to be determined. Not only that but Green will also protect you from other possible contract killers at the risk of his own current physical body until your case is settled in his mind.

    Previews of Part Two will shown in advance only to people who give me a really good comment on Part One. Ha!

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 16, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 29, 2015


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