The shell arcs off-axis (a poem)

Today’s entry has a title I have trouble pronouncing, even if I say it slowly…

The tape gets stuck in the machine
with no way to get it out
but to force it open

Of course, that stretches the tape
maybe even breaks it—
and there goes my favorite mix—

what these days
they might call
an unrecoverable error

(30 June 2017)