Slava Olchevski

Rookie - 20 Points (1964 / St.Petersburg, Russia)

True Intentions - Poem by Slava Olchevski

The science invented a new device
It is called an intention-meter
I just picked one up for myself
From a shelf at Harris Teeter

People are judging other people
Based on what they themselves feel
With about 50% accuracy,
As the experiments would reveal

Even your family can get you wrong,
Mixing intentions with one another
That magic device will surely help:
My dad, my wife and my younger brother

Better than polygraphs from FBI,
Intention-meters won’t let you lie
Details are important, more or less,
But why criminals kill is no longer a guess!

No bluffing in poker,
No made up pretensions
It will show up instantly
All your true intentions

In its final decision
Supreme Court USA
Replaced all judges
With these cheap gadgets

Their good intentions
It did not betray
“If it works, it works”,
They were quoted to say…

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 25, 2009

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