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Pinball Wizard

Pinball Wizard

written by: Thomas Park



Pull the metal armature, let spring go
The ball shoots onto the field

With luck, dexterity, gain points
Flashing obstacles, extra credits

Profiles of pretty ladies, big trucks
1970’s science fiction flicks

Pinball, for the young, reflexive
No time for reflection–

Existence, private contemplation
Today’s pense or meditation

Eclipsed by present need
For points, and recreative speed

A silver ball reflects
The on-board neon glow

Aim, strike with the levers
With practice, persistence

Cheap speakers emit sounds
Of retro-cosmic bent

Rarely remembered for poetry, philosophy
For pinball, Tommy lives eternally

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