“The Mission” / Memorable Fancies #765

[“…here I am. / Just a robot / with an unspecified mission.” – Roberto Bolaño]

         I don’t know what I was built to do. My maker disappeared – perhaps taken by the authorities – before he could reveal my purpose to me. I try one thing and then another to find out what I’m good at, what talents I’ve been designed for.

         So far, the practical arts have failed me, especially cooking and carpentry. And driving a car, I should have figured out I couldn’t do that before I tried it that once. And academics – don’t know much about philosophy, can’t seem to learn Greek or even Spanish.

         My new owner is puzzled about this too, complains I’m useless, a God-damned waste of good money. Tomorrow he’s letting me try one last thing. Guns.



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