Jeffrey Mackie | MACHINES

When I was younger
There were fewer machines
Later I sat in an office
Surrounded by wires and lights
They didn’t keep me alive
But somehow connected

When I was younger
I was afraid of machines
Now I am surrounded
One feeds me
One relieves me
One measures my breath
One measures my heart

So many machines
Always noise and light
You wonder if you’re seen
Like living in a city
That you cannot leave
Until it goes quiet


Jeffrey Mackie is a poet living in Dawson City YK, Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin First Nation Territory. He works as an Anglican Priest in Northern Yukon.