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1.

the species invents prophecies
all of which contain terrors

ex;

a beleaguered sun collapses into itself



2.

It's not yet night when the committee interrupts the regularly scheduled programming
and describes the inertia as unforgivable.

Outside the grief, the cardboard:
Every time you teach a computer about distance
the terrorists win.

In every scenario: No colorado left,
and survivors leave messages
for the future.

Before the last people on Earth forgot how to speak,
he thought of that day.

The committee was right
to describe space as an absence.


3.

The more artistic
of the species' prophecies include fields

Some
present ideas
such as here and there
relative to the everywhere of the other thing.

The other thing is often the cause
of whatever terror has been imagined.

The terror, of course, being another word for nothingness.



4.

someone is remembering the pacific-
a maniac fires his rifle into a crowd

later, the news interviews a woman,
"All i remember are balloons"

they say this is when things went downhill
the excess of rain
the fish falling from the sky
the balloons
filling auditoriums and beaches


5.

The species invents prophecies
all of which contain terrors


ex.

-the computers become aware
-the object gets too close
-everything was a dream all along



6.

Contact is made in code
and it's a short history of ourselves.

The scientists sit in the lab, bewildered. Have we been watched
our entire existence?

"A man first discovers gravity
but never finds a wife," the transmission says.

"Later, you will realize that all energy and mass
is a pair of eyes, and a room full of throats,
howling."


7.


the prophecies invent species
all of which contain terrors;

Epilogue: we plaque mars and abandon the rover
the twist is always that we were the monsters all along
.
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:iconersatz-moon:
ersatz-moon May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"A man first discovers gravity
but never finds a wife," the transmission says.
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ChetUnGwan Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The last line almost sounds like a reference to Ray Bradbury's short stories about Mars.
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:iconchetungwan:
ChetUnGwan Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.
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:iconthe-grim-sage:
Oh, wow! The progression is amazing, and the ending is absolutely epic.
I love everything here. Everything is just so well placed and described and mechanic and fearful and wonderful. Terribly wonderful.
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:iconsurrealcachinnation:
I love these! :la:

One thing:

someone is remembering the pacific-
a maniac fires his rife into a crowd

I assumed you wanted rifle there.

I think number six is my favorite... "A man first discovers gravity/but never finds a wife." There's something sad but fascinating about that idea. You can have knowledge, or you can have love. Not both. Not an idea I necessarily believe, but :shrug:

Congratulations on a well-deserved DD!
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WaterlightFading Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Later, you will realize that all energy and mass
is a pair of eyes, and a room full of throats,
howling."


This line, in particular strikes me as incomprehensibly poetic. I'm in awe of your deep intellectual thoughts. :heart:
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MeteorSage Dec 5, 2012  Student Artist
I like how the species just keeps creating new horrors and prophecies for itself.
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:iconultimamage578:
"All i remember are balloons"

I find that as a really powerful line for some odd reason.

This was very awesome.
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