Affix the suction cup to each mind,
pressing firmly to ensure they’re tight.
Use the dial to select your transmission
and press the lever until you hear a ratchet click
The options marked on your dial are as follows:
Always be sure to select your frequency clearly
before depressing the lever.
If you hear a static hiss, that is merely
demons attempting to join the mind-meld and take possession:
twist the dial one notch further
to thwart their diabolical aims.
Engrave your own preferred frequencies onto the dial
with the diamond-tipped nib provided.
Experienced machinists find they’re quickly able
to switch between transmitted states,
using the foot pedal
to release the lever while turning the dial.
Never turn the dial with the lever in place.
This will not break the machine,
but it may render the other user(s) inchoate.
Used correctly, this machine can efficiently patch,
when used in conjunction, the deficincies of Zoom.
Thanks to The Writers' Greenhouse for the prompt to write a poem about an impossible machine.
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