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    Real Strategy Requires Cunning
Song of Origins
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    Song of Origins

    Sing!
    Sing of the Saiiban!

    The curious people, wandering, wondering
    Beholding, building, breaking, banishing superstition to the past
    Dismissing mystification, embracing provable science at last
    From early days we built machines to assist our society
    Even before the song of space we heard we had built robots in great variety
    Sundering superstition, we united our people under a winged banner
    Our belief being that best ability and the advancement of knowledge are what matter

    Hark! Listen! The unknowable mysteries of the universe thundering!
    So many questions we have not even yet begun to ask
    Our knowledge seems tiny in a universe so vast
    Let us go! Let us see for what we shall gain notoriety
    Let us see what we can learn and do and find without false piety
    Let us explore and reveal the truth with our scanners!
    Let us build monuments, machines and marvels with our spanners!

    Let us see if we shall stand the test of time
    If truly we can build and know and find the sublime.

     
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    Song of Home

    We imagine others might ask us of our home
    Where and what is it? What egg hatched you?
    But how can we summarize where we grew?
    All our efforts would miss and feel monochrome
    Mere words would produce an endless empty tome
    And pictures and painting fail no matter what we drew
    Pictures and videos would show you a view
    But tell you as much about home as our genome
    But then our poor efforts must we make
    Imagine then a feeling of wondering, singing
    Of constant discoveries like lightning ringing
    Fly past mountains and oceans at daybreak
    See the feathered people come fully awake
    And with wondering talons change bringing




     
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    Thoughts on Beginnings

    Starships flying out
    Behold the infinite space
    Push back the unknown



    Build out and expand
    The wealth of space beckons us
    Mining asteroids



    Scientific gains
    A new age of Inventions blooms
    Our people’s purpose

     
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    Search for Life

    The profound perversity of life
    Found everywhere on our home planet
    Such that our first invention was a knife
    That we found on the ground made of granite
    But as we search the wild void beyond
    We find naught but empty cold spheres
    Such that with jokes and memes we respond
    When finally non-sentient life appears
    And so we keep asking our questions
    Of an uncaring silent universe
    If any of you have suggestions
    To listening we would not be adverse
    But lo! Behold! We found something here
    But the irony is that only remnants remain on this sphere.





     
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    Elegy for Unity

    Unity under Science, with myth we thought were done,
    Over ancient superstitions we believed we had won;
    But our unity of purpose is not as pure as we believed.
    Fleeting moments of flight into the dark find we fractures
    In our thoughts and deeds; Now we learn that our own
    people prepared for this day of grief, and so we find our
    first enemy is not from some alien breed, but rather feathers
    with which we flocked together, and now among our first
    deeds; are to murder our own people lest this rebellion succeed.

    Rise! Rise! Rise!
    Howl! Ascend! Pounce!

    Let the blood be shed, our own feathers red
    Knowing that our imagined unity is dead
    The dream is deferred but we shall have the final word
    Science still, shall shape our will.
    Unity is dead but yet it lives on.









     
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    Anomaly, Epiphany

    Wonder
    At so many mysteries to discover.
    We answer the call to fly
    Through these strange skies
    And find the charming weirdness of the universe.

    Chaos in order, Order in Chaos
    Chemistry and Biology
    Physics and on occasion sociology
    Combine to make a infinite variety
    Of Anomalies

    Anomaly? What is an anomaly?
    Something strange, something unexpected
    Something
    Often strange but sometimes mundane
    Something?
    Sometimes nothing. Sometimes everything.

    This is the infinite truth about science
    Boundless variables, infinite data,
    Measure immeasurable slices of the circled spiral
    of the Universe

    Bring meaning to chaos, Chaos to meaning
    Learn, grow, see farther, bigger, smaller, understand more
    And come to know and learn that you understand less
    Science touches the sublime

    Anomaly? Epiphany!
    When we find what we do not expect
    We learn what we did not expect to find
    We find the limits of our knowledge as we learn
    We expand our boundaries and become smaller
    So much to learn of what we do not know.
    Wonder!







     
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    A Lost Foundling

    In ancient times we
    found wild strays and tamed them
    Is this irony?

    Even with science we need stories
    Symbolism provides meaning

    Circular time laughs
    We go into the future
    And relive the past






     
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    Song of Discovery

    Our people have sung many symphonies,
    Sometimes together, sometimes just as one
    A kaleidoscope of plumage growing, changing,
    But a new harmony is begun

    Sing!
    Hear the song of scanners scanning in the dark
    Hear the song of scientists learning what we do not know
    Let us map the stars
    And begin anew once more

    Back to the start anew from where we began
    Our beaks break our egg to discover what’s outside
    Our wings demand we find what answers we can
    A tradition to discover tested and tried

    Tradition? What is tradition?
    Can we have a tradition to discover?
    Do we destroy the old when we renew?
    Does a cell die when it splits into two?
    Must we uncover the hidden, recover the old, combine the brand new?

    Systems without outside energy maximize entropy
    Thus, fundamentally, any entity, that mentally ceases experimentally
    to discover
    Incidentally.
    Dies.

    Life demands questions.
    Life demands answers.
    Let us begin, again.



     
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    Sentience

    Are we alone out here was our question
    It is now answered to our
    full satisfaction
    Others
    like
    Us
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    Wonder
    Peer at stars
    Think about the unknown
    Carry the burden of a past and a legacy


     
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    Echoes from the Future

    We spread our wings
    Into space
    Search for living things
    Ready to face
    Whatever we think might be
    And what we find is
    An Echo of what could be

    Pithok!
    Studying, measuring, chronicling,
    But no longer wondering.

    Is this what we could be?
    Is this a promise or a warning?

    Thousands of years in space, studying, learning
    Fallen, Ancient, All Knowing

    They have forgotten more than we have learned
    But seem to have forgotten how to learn

    Is this what we could be?
    We cannot imagine meeting
    Sentience that has flown through other skies
    Eggs so differently hatched from ours
    And yawning.




     
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    Echoes of the Past

    Because we had moved on to the future —
    The past kindly stopped us
    Not so empty space held onto its echoes —
    Still Singing

    We discovered there among the stars —
    Innumerable songs ringing
    Still singing in the stillness of the dark —
    Echoes Clinging

    Songs of others past sung across time —
    Curiosities, cemeteries, crimes
    Sentience stopping a spell, writing a line —
    Remember us.

    Remember us? Or remember this —
    Remembrances, things forgotten
    Even the stars fade in the arc of time
    And — Explode.

    What will remain?







     
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    Green, Blue, Green, Blue
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    Green Trees, Blue Water
    From the deepest oceans to the highest peaks
    Life in our egg had found an answer
    Survive and adapt,
    Under the uncaring grasp
    Of the accident of natural selection

    Green, we search for green,
    In stars of many colors
    Gravity wells, fusion furnaces
    Blowing winds of radiation
    Giving flight, fire, light,
    Singing on the dust of creation
    Clever cells cunningly craft
    Survival along the uncaring void
    And once they take flight
    Spread and prosper

    Flight! Flight! I ask for your attention!
    Draw your inquiring eyes here,
    To find the unexpected
    Red, Black, other colors unexpected.

    Flight! Flight! I ask, What is life in this creation?
    The oceans did not rest in all these places,
    Nor did Oxygen’s blue haze dance with molecules of nitrogen

    Flight, did you see?
    Not all these nests have what we expected?
    Plants that dance, and entrance,
    hungry hunters unanticipated
    And stranger still, life without chlorophyll
    dancing within hurricanes of gas giants
    And deeper still, how bizarre to find
    Carbon asleep, but silicon awake,
    uniting atoms into living sequences
    And what have we here?
    A formless shape,
    Naught but signals amidst the noise,
    Living electricity?

    Flight, I ask again for your attention,
    Is this it? Is this an initial answer to our question?
    Is all life is, energy expended
    fighting disorganization?
    Coherent colors, fighting the hungry dark
    Defying chaos, screaming across space’s silence
    Into the void
    Longing to repeat across time
    And thus be heard?
     
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    Meetings



    Encountering wings
    That flew other skies than ours
    The sublime wonder



    Deals and sales abound
    The deals of a lifetime here
    But watch your wallet



    But one echo of
    Earlier harmonies that
    In time died out but
    Is this fate?



    Strange beings to fly
    But turn their eyes away from
    The wonders of others



    How strange and awkward
    To meet sentience and know
    Others called it dinner



    Featherless bipeds
    With ten broad flat talons each
    Most Unlikely Species



    Oh.
     
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    Dreams of Machines



    Long ago we wielded arc and spanner to build robots of every manner
    Dreaming of the distant day when dreary drudgery would be no more

    At long last was our highest hope fulfilled, robots tilled every field,
    And they dug deep delving into the crust, bringing up minerals for us
    So that our wings could spread and soar and venture to the farthest shore
    Our talons free to know, to dream, to draw, to dance upon the air.

    And as our machines grew many and mighty there were among us some who wondered
    If there might be some way to leave our poor weak organic shell behind.
    In our films and in our stories have we gamed out many potential histories
    Of transformation and transmutation of revolt rebellion and revolution
    Machines overthrow us, Machines compel us, Machines become us.
    Machines. Dreams.

    Arise! Arise! Wondering people!
    Fell flocks fall; a people are slaughtered!
    The servant supplants; An atomic waste ascends;
    The singing is stopped; a discordant harmony rises!
    Wind time, Red Time, Flight time,
    Murder! Murder!

    Dreams devoured, displaced;
    New nightmares rise, and spread;
    What shall become of us? Of them?
    And what shall we do with what might be?
    But what might only become if unfree?
    Machines? Dreams?





     
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    Echoes of the Past Unraveled

    When voices rise up to the sky
    Create Music; Echoes in space
    Echoes in time; Vibrate in Memory—
    Like so many strings

    Symphonies sung softly in space
    Create Music; Echoes in space
    Echoes in time; Vibrate the Heart—
    Like so many reeds

    Memories of others gone by
    Create Notes; Echoes in time
    Echoes in our story; Inflame the Mind—
    Like so many stars

    Remnants of passage, of ruin, of wreckage,,
    of rights wronged and wronged rights of warnings and
    war and wreckage and waste and and and and….
    Echo in time; Vibrate the Soul—
    As a lesson, A warning

    Memories of the voices of others singing gone by
    Create a symphony; Echoing in space time,
    Echoes across time, place, species; We remember—
    We will remember.

    (But for how long?)



     
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    Floating on Air

    And now for a truly curious event
    Just when you perhaps thought
    the surprises of the universe were spent
    It seems we have caught sight
    Of gaseous beings whose plight
    We have decided to mediate.

    And why not?
    It will be an interesting experiment.
    Let this new type of life grow, ferment.
    Another seed planted, another flower grows
    The pollen is picked up by the wind as it goes
    And spreads, floating

    Taste the air, fly,
    Amidst the winds of life
    Blowing unexpectedly,
    Taking you to new places, new sights,
    Wonder.


     
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    The Joy of the Undiscovered

    What don’t we know today?
    Let’s take a look!
    Under the earth science we’ll apply
    And in the sky among clouds so high,
    Out among the stars so vast,
    in space we’ll have a blast!
    Things to know, so many ways to grow!
    Let’s go everywhere, find what’s there!
    What did we learn today?
    What don’t we know today?
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    Silence of the Infinite Drifts

    out among the stars it
    is; so silent (so far from home)

    everyWhere
    UNknown swallows

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    Come stop by Fyyrt, our best colony yet,
    We’ve got something you’ve just gotta get
    Believe it or not, we’ve got this special flower
    Its wonderful! Miraculous! It’s got healing powers!
    Stop by for a spell for a smell of this scent
    I swear it’s true, forget your cares 100%!

    Come stop by Fyyrt, take a walk, enjoy,
    Mineswell forget your troubles,
    and everything else.

    What does it matter?
    You’ve got this marvelous scent,
    Go stop and smell the flowers,
    Stop everything else.

    World’s full of troubles
    That’ll drag you down.
    Try our solution:
    Stop and smell the flowers
    And forget yourself.

    Science? Saiiban? Education? Employment?
    Forget it! Fly far away!
    These flowers will fly you higher
    Than boring old starships, anyway.

    Sure, come visit us,
    We can guarantee you won’t want to leave
    Forget the boring government, and its demands and needs.

    No! Fire! What? Are you insane?
    Why would you burn such a wonder?
    You have to stop, you have to understand, you have to stop
    and smell the flowers
    stop

    The world returns now, clear,
    The madness has passed away.
    What a wonder to hold so dear
    The scent of a flower
    To stop
    An entire planet

    Come stop by Fyyrt,
    a tale of caution, a tale of wonder
    A normal place,
    With but traces of the ash
    Of a nearly forgotten flower.

    (And yet we still hold the memory of its scent)
    (And mourn the loss of it’s wonder)
    (Sing of it, and remember still)