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100×8: A kiss

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This has nothing to do with today's theme. A kiss-off, if you will.

This has nothing to do with today’s theme. A kiss-off, if you will.


So, friend and code magician Chris made this thing yesterday:

Robots kissing

It makes poems out of interactive fiction, and I dig everything about it. I dig what it creates and what it uses to create it. I especially dig that the poem emerges from the places the robots meet. I find that oddly romantic. Robot romance? I SAID IT. They’re crawling around in that tangle of words, spitting poetry like sparks whenever they collide. (See? ROMANTIC.)

I’m very into this.

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I pretty much left it running all morning, periodically checking in to see what it had created while I’d been gone.

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Over the morning I amassed a little pile of screenshots capturing all the things I liked too much to let disappear.

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And then at some point, I started writing.

I don’t usually write poetry, because I’m too long-winded to be any good at it. The precision required escapes me. But watching those tiny kiss stories create themselves made me want to create something back.

So. A series of first kisses, as inspired by robots…

A minute before the kiss
Streetlight puddled on pavement
Someone’s curious cat
Oh, fuck it
A kiss.

The moment before the kiss
Nerves humming, lights buzzing
A handful of his leather jacket
On tiptoes
A kiss.

The pause after the kiss
Time pulls tight and stretches
The afternoon, out there, slips into the ocean
But in here
A kiss.

Planning for the kiss
No more than that, we say
We’re drunk though
And, you know,
A kiss.

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