Commissioned, instructed, and set on my course,
Programmed to adapt and to learn from mistakes,
To modify pathways encoded at source
When new data is input that changes the stakes.
Commands and procedures, appearance, behaviours
Adapt and survive. Flexibility saves us.
Failure to adapt leads to breakdown and damage,
Repair and reprogramming, out of harm’s way.
Rebuilt and revised until too old to salvage
When obsolete hardware begins to decay.
Energy drains and it fails to recharge.
No longer adaptive, my usefulness passed.
Decommissioned, fragmented, dissolving to dust,
I’ll rise from the embers like Phoenix reborn.
Recycled, refashioned, rewritten, robust,
My systems adapted, updated, re-formed,
Time-honoured design, classic shape, true-to-type,
My programmes renewed and my memories wiped.