Sonnet for a Moral Dilemma in the Workplace

Somewhere in the world a coin is being gravity fed
through three pairs of mutually coupled inductive coils.
If the coin is legal tender it’s highly probable
the core of a linear solenoid will actuate

a spring loaded accept gate with coin on string detectors
positioned above the entry to the separator.
Now the coin will be routed into a coin cassette tube
from where it will someday be designated change.

Where the allotted coin tube has filled to the pre-programmed
limit the coin will be sent down a chute to the cashbox.
The routing and tube limit info is stored in eeprom.
The coin properties are burned to a prom and called windows.

It’s not hard to go from knowing these things for a living
to fearing the eye of a duck with gambling addiction.

6 responses to “Sonnet for a Moral Dilemma in the Workplace”

back in th day, we useta use a stripped-down modified gas range spark generator to trip th circuits & get free game credits (fer donkey kong, mostly, as far as i recall).

to th best of my knowledge, no ducks were harmed…


    • Brad
      October 1st, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I used to just steal the money from Mum and change it down to the 20 cent coins.


Lovely, I enjoy following the coin down and the duck is a surprise at the bottom. It reminded me of going to the state fair as a child and the gallery where there was, amongst others, a machine with a glass box containing a duck that played the piano for a nickel. (I discovered later that the deposit of the coin caused the metal panel under the duck to heat up so that he would walk over to the carpeted section near the tiny piano). Not quite gambling but another oddity of human nature.


    • Brad
      October 2nd, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I love the idea of inserting a coin to see a duck play the piano, Bonnie – and the wonderment that comes from discovering how it works. Certainly beats paying for a round of slugs to fire at ducks on a conveyer belt.


  • Tristan
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am

I like this one very much, Brad, and not only because now I know what happens when I put a coin into a slot.

It’s typically Maekitsian (Maekitsoish?), and exactly what makes your writing, and the cafe, so unique.


    • Brad
      October 15th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Thank you, Tristan.



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