number 10

as a kid i had a billy blastoff toy astronaut
that ran on batteries

and the cool thing about billy
besides that fact that he looked ten
and owned a spaceship and a car
and walked like a robot
was you could sit him down
in a moon rover
and the car would drive
as if he were piloting it across
a lunar landscape

–but not in low-g slo-mo–

what really drove the car
was a gear shaft that
protruded from his plastic butt
providing proof of concept
for the arthur c. clarke quote

any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from your ass