“Vinyl” by Robert McManes

the phonograph needle

never lifts without help

sometimes it skips

groove to groove

sometimes it hangs

on a single sound

a word, a note

over and over


this is my generation

ancient technology

the pops and crackles

become reminders

imperfection will never

quite be the same

and i am not the same

vinyl will never be

digitized into perfection









Robert D. McManes is the author of seven poetry books. Mr. McManes has had over 260 poems featured in 85 worldwide publications, including Scrivener’s Pen, Mipo Magazine, The Heron’s Nest, Poems Niederngasse, Newtopia, Muddy River Review, and Barefooot Review.