Not Clear

by Michael Swan

It comes in two basic styles
and a limited range
of rather drab colours.
 
Breakdowns are frequent.
Repairs are difficult,
spare parts unobtainable.
There is no guarantee.
The manufacturer
has gone out of business.
 
The instruction manual
is written in an unknown language.
The diagrams refer
to an earlier model.
 
It does not work well
(though at times
you would swear it was guided
by some sort of intelligence).
It will do nothing
for long periods;
then suddenly lurch into action,
move in random spirals,
end up
trapped in a corner,
or zigzagging towards a cliff edge.
It is not at all clear
what it is for.