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    Real Strategy Requires Cunning
We Just Wanted to Say
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    We Just Wanted to Say

    We have taken
    the star systems
    you could have used
    to expand further

    You see,
    we needed them
    for we are expanding too
    and there is promising science
    further on from them

    We are kind of sorry
    (although our apologies are mostly formulaic)
    we know it’s more than an inconvenience
    especially since it leaves you
    between us and murderous death robots
    that want to kill all organics

    We hope you can forgive us
    The star systems were important
    so necessary
    And so warm.


     
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    Knock Knock

    You find you are
    in front of two doors
    Locked by unknown lore
    Do they go near or far?

    If an open door says
    “Come in”
    And a closed door says
    “Stay out”
    What to make of a door
    Closed by an inviting lock?

    “Unlock us please”
    The locks say
    “But what is on the other side?”
    We reply.
    Silence, only silence,
    But why did we expect locks to reply?

    Madness? Money? Science? Insanity?
    The locks tempt, they invite,
    If our flock has one central weakness
    Curiosity to learn what is on the other side.

    We do not know the key,
    We barely understand the door,
    But our talons quiver with the scent of prey
    One day (not yet) we will open them
    And find out more.

    (Who’s there?)


     
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    Mote in the Eye of the Universe





     
    Breaking down like Fractions
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    Breaking down like Fractions

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction
    So we suppose as we grew larger it was inevitable we’d break into factions
    Try not to crack under the stress, we're breaking down like fractions
    Politicians singing various calumnies without retractions.

    It sure was nice, It sure was nice
    When we were all on the same side
    It sure was nice, It sure was nice
    When we put aside our ego and our pride

    Look back at our founding
    Won’t you listen to my advice?
    It sure was nice, It sure was nice
    When we were all on the same side.

    Look, we’ve tripled our number of planets,
    Our original arraignment wasn’t made out of granite
    Back when we had just one planet one bird could run it
    But now that we’ve grown that can’t work anymore can it?

    It sure was nice, It sure was nice
    When we were all on the same side
    It sure was nice, It sure was nice
    When we put aside our ego and our pride.

    Look, I know that our government was founded on science
    But on it we have placed far too much reliance
    Do not mistake our argument for some sort of defiance
    We just think it’s time for a little more commoner compliance

    It’s time to stand up for our sacred sovereignty
    And admit that not all wings are fit to power’s solemnity
    Time to look the truth in the eye and face the lie,
    not all are fit to wield the power of scientists.
    Time to bow down to the Hierarchical Union!

    It sure was nice, It sure was nice
    When we were all on the same side
    It sure was nice, It sure was nice
    When by politics we didn’t divide.








     
    First Interlude: Taking Flight
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    First Interlude: Taking Flight

    Look now to this dawning day,
    As we take anew fearless flight
    Having finally found our way,
    Out of our egg into new light
    We stretch and spread our wings,
    Let them taste the devouring dark
    The silent universe to us softly sings
    As finally on our flight we embark
    But we know what we shall find
    As we fly fast into the vast void
    Shall forever change our kind
    As with new things we are joined
    Ah, very well then let us then be irrevocably changed
    Only by such evolution can the sublime be attained

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    First Saiiban Confederation Census: 2210



    Second Saiiban Confederation Census: 2220




    Third Saiiban Confederation Census: 2230



    Population Breakdown in 2230


     
    To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
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    To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

    The condition of being alive
    (at least as we understand it)
    Is that one day you will be dead
    Death is there from when we arrive
    we practice it when to sleep we submit
    Since sleep is the cousin of death.

    To be, and then not to be,
    That is our condition,
    Every hatched egg follows the rule of three
    It neither creates or destroys energy,
    As it interacts with the world it creates entropy,
    And this entropy ceases once the bird ceases to be.

    But is this in fact the way it has to be?
    What of these beings here?
    When faced that most certain end,
    They choose instead its cousin rather than to disappear.

    In that sleep of deathlessness,
    what dreams might have come?
    Did they (Do they?) dream of coming awake anew?
    Did they (Do they?) dream of metallic bodies free of rude sinews?
    Did they (Do they?) simply dream to cheat fate, pass the time and then renew?
    (Do they?)

    We do not yet know the right song
    To give form to their doomed hope
    But when we do, should we also go along,
    And from this rude flesh elope?

    What was dead may never die,
    But may come back, harder, stronger,
    If we but sufficient science apply,
    Then death will stalk us no longer

    But if we will that they should live anew,
    And join their metallic flight, stretching, straining,
    Our new joyous forms,after our scientific breakthrough
    Will there be anything of what is us remaining?

    To sleep, perchance to dream,
    Dream of machines which we might be,
    Lasting for all eternity,
    But no longer the birds that we used to be.

     
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    Skipping Rocks

    To think that not to long ago
    .....A asteroid flying towards us would be
    ........A disaster unparalleled and a mighty blow
    ...To every nest and egg that could ever be
    But the winds of time have picked us up
    ..... Thrown us into the unknown and uncaring sky
    .......They care not if we break up blow up or burn up
    ...They only demand that to the past we say good bye.
    And so a day of doom imagined flies by
    ..... And to the doom what we have learned we apply
    .......Lasers, missiles and the speed of light defied
    And what once would doom is now but pebbles in the sky.








     
    Who Tells Your Story?
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    Who Tells Your Story?

    When I was young, I dreamed of glory
    I founded a nation voyaging into the stars
    I created marvels and made planets ours
    But now that I’m gone who will tell my story?

    My time is gone and I am done being old
    My song has stopped, do its echoes take hold?
    My last flight done, my wings are still and cold,
    By who and how will my story be told?

    I am planted now, a tree becoming
    To which new hatchlings will be coming
    Will this new flock be my legacy?
    Legacy? What is a legacy?
    Is it new nests for our flock I never get to see?
    A young hatchling singing of the past by my tree?
    New knowledge unlocked by scientists who sing of me?

    Who will sing for me?
    I am silent now, feathers fallen
    Who will keep my flame?
    Who will remember my name?
    Who will tell my story?

    New beaks break from new eggs
    New songs sung with new melodies.
    My time’s up, wings up, rise up,
    I go into the sky.



     
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    Remains


    Wandering the dark, idly singing
    What do we find here, idly sitting
    Graves and ghosts and ghouls perhaps
    Of what was dead and what was not.

    Fevers and fights and frauds and failure
    All in one small compact container
    One little ship crashing into the dark
    And all that is left are but some remnant remarks

    Defeat despair defection and desiccation
    Fevered dreams delusions and deceptions
    A world full of drama and woe for such a small spot
    Of a crew lost and losing themselves in the dark.

    Could any become such taken by such an ill wind?
    Could any kill their own and feast upon the flock?
    Could any murder become naught but a murder wrought?

    Probability probably plays favorites not
    But our response to its outcomes determines the next lot
    Remember then the role of random events in your lot

    When the universe rolls we only pick some of the dice
    And must roll as best as we can with whatever comes up
    But sometimes your outcome simply means your time is now up
    Then fold your wings, bow your beak, sing your last note
    And hope that what remains of your remnants rises into the sky.



     
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    To Discover, To Dream

    To Boldly Go,
    Explore new worlds
    To accept the flow of the
    Unknown, Unknowable
    To accept

    A division of science
    Knowing that the division of science
    Is to divide by zero, the infinite
    an impossibility
    a science division
    With infinite remainders
    Which must be taught

    In an Education Polytechnic
    Making out of many one,
    And out of one, many,
    Splitting and combining knowledge
    In infinite varieties
    Having to trust
    That the seemingly random
    Will resolve in time into
    Quantifiable realities
    So you can then put

    Faith in Science
    Oxymoron and tautology in one
    To know that our senses and instruments
    Tell us what is really there
    But also what we wish to perceive
    To know that these limits in us,
    Our tools
    Are the start of wisdom, not the end
    Connecting what we observe and
    measure into our

    Databanks Uplink
    That tree and nest and egg in one
    Where knowledge is placed and born and goes to die
    Sloshing around like so much
    Ooze, promising life
    Breaking through from mere chemicals
    To nucleotide sequences a

    Technological Ascendency
    From matter to life
    Self replicating, evolving, changing
    Flying into winds
    Unknown.



     
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    Songs of the Precursors II: A Near Distance

    A whisper blows in space
    Like waking from a dream
    It’s possibilities full
    Of half remembered nightmares

    Echoes of the past
    sound like distant clangor
    Sounding into the future
    Into a present so still.

    A distant crime of war
    So far gone into history
    That the nearness of this place of peace
    Strikes us with awe.

    So far! So near!
    To go into a half remembered past
    Now here in the future!

    So near! So far!
    To investigate out in the distant stars
    And be brought by the winding echoes
    Back here home

    The silent song is not done
    Let us listen, sing, and continue.

     
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    Expanding like Gas

    It is well known that
    pressure is inversely
    proportional to the volume of a gas
    Then how is it possible that our new friends, our continuing experiment,
    Have doubled, and expanded such that they seek an entire new gas giant to colonize
    Then how is it possible that as they expand new frontiers we do as well as we expand in space
    The pressure our own neighbors forcing us, like gas, to find the gaps and expand outwards to fill whatever void remains
    How is it possible that that, just like us, they have annoying, petty problems such as a regret at moving to a new home even as
    their species expands and grows in a marvelous new frontiers a new possibility expanding outward taking the available space hoping that
    our ever growing number people/molecules will have enough space to spread out because if they do not then the pressure will build up and then
    explode.



     
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    Post 35: It's Just a Matter of Time

    As we fly through space
    the bow bends and time's arrow flies
    forward into the unknown
    or so you would think is the case
    but time after time, time lies.

    As we fly into space
    our voice, so certain once, now dies,
    gravity bends, swallows all into the unknown
    and then time's arrow is erased
    and shows us its false guise.

    How can the future influence the past?
    How can the arrow fly before the bow even bends?
    How can historyphysicscosmology function
    when the rules bend and break or are outright ignored?
    How how how ? woh woh woH

    As we fly through space
    we find two arrows where there was one
    and then we fly and then flap our wings
    backward into the unknown
    let us never forget, sooner or later
    time will lie to us
    it's just a matter of time.















     
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    The Fire in our Hearts

    There’s a fire, deep inside our hearts
    To search and discover and light up the dark
    We have come here, in search of fables told
    Of a hidden cavern with secrets to unfold

    Perhaps it’s treasure?
    Or something new to measure?
    Perhaps it’s everything.

    The scars of the past here, cry out and sing
    Notes cutting through time with a clamor and a ring
    Deathly secrets, hidden beyond fire and stone
    Founds amidst ruins crowded with the past and yet alone

    Perhaps it will reveal the past?
    Or answer questions yet unasked?
    Perhaps it will change everything?

    Memories of singers, echoing through a maze of time
    Singing to us, without reason and without rhyme
    Why go through this? Why create this?
    Why bury memories behind a fiery abyss?

    Perhaps these are memories.
    Perhaps these are messages.
    Perhaps they were the only means to echo
    An echo into a silent future so we could hear the past?













     
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    What makes a community?
    Is it when we all sing in common song?
    It is being able to act in unity?
    Or feeling that we belong?

    What makes a community?
    Must all members feel like they belong?
    And what happens if a member acts with impunity?
    What if they refuse to sing along?

    Can this thing before us be called a community?
    No common history, no common story, no common song.
    There is no common purpose here, no unity
    And yet its discordant voices rise together.
    To form a strange new sublime sort of song

    Or is this then but a field of war?
    Not of ships but of ideas?
    A way to create a discordant flock into a murder
    Singing songs that demand for more?
    Is this then but a different means
    For the strong to dominate the weak?

    Now a thesis and antithesis are presented
    Perhaps a synthesis can be attempted
    It is like cells born out of the primeval ooze of the past?
    Living to murder, seeking but to outlast
    And yet working together in blind purpose to survive
    Inventing thousands of strategies for life to derive
    Red beaks dripping with blood; singing together
    Creating a community
    Seeking a sublime symbiosis
    Singing of unity
    Cackling murders, cacophonous, chaotic,
    Evolving towards the rational,
    Creating a community
    Out of a shared past
    Of survival?








     
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    Infinite Beginnings

    In the vastness endless of space time
    We stop a spell, to ponder a sublime design
    And have a conversation with infinity
    It ponders us, itself, existence,
    And asks if we time for a question
    You see, it says, we aren’t sure, where we start and where we end,

    Is our existence but a means to an end?
    After all, on a universal scale, what is time?
    It’s a really vexing question
    Even if, like us, you solve hard problems as if by design
    It’s difficult to know the start of existence
    And where to start or end measuring infinity.

    It is so inconceivably small, this Infinity
    In fact it never seems to start, only end
    Always on the verge of coming into existence
    If simply given enough time
    But it's starting end seems as if by design
    To bring the reality of existence into question.

    And yet, it is so large, this existence, it begs the question
    How can a mere word, infinity
    Possibly capture the infinite design
    From start to end
    Across the infinite reaches of space time
    To the beginning of the end of existence?

    But how do you measure existence?
    You are part of it, asking yourself the question
    Going forward (backwards?) through time
    Part of its infinity
    Not knowing how it will end
    Not knowing it’s design

    And yet, here you are, your questions demand you design
    Instruments to measure, define, describe your existence
    So that one day perhaps you will find an end
    To this seemingly endless question
    Of the size and nature of Infinity
    And the nature of time

    To demand an answer of your question
    Of the endless, expanding, ending filled void of Infinity
    Of a galaxy exploding into being, into nothing, given enough time.


















     
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    Our Brethren

    Our Brethren,
    Accursed be thy names,
    Your own feathers red
    With blood you have shed
    In both our nests and in the heavens

    And on this day we sing your final rest
    But forgive you not your trespasses
    For we also sing for those
    Who no longer fly with us

    You, who would send us into damnation
    Instead, find your song beyond retrieval

    And yours is death’s kingdom,
    But ours is the power, and the glory
    Forever and ever, again.

    (And yet, an echo lives on,
    And though its fate is foregone,
    Duty demands we fulfill it’s song)

















     
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    Red in Beak and Claw

    Red in beak and claw
    We tear apart
    the carcass of the past
    to build the present
    And whether we fly or fail,
    The universe doesn’t care
    It spins around regardless


    We live and then die
    It’s a question of time
    And of means and mode and meaning
    We must eat or be eaten
    In our race against time
    to eat our way past entropy

    Planets and stars
    must be ours
    Lest others grow strong
    And deny us our sustenance
    Red in beak and claw
    Taking what must be ours
    For others will use it against us

    Is this how it must be?
    A galaxy of greed?
    A life of wreckage and war and gore?
    Some try to sing
    In harmony
    But a discordant song still rises.

    As so as we fill in the blanks
    In our galaxy maps
    We find peace and profit and pillaging and plunder
    And so the shape of the song
    Lies unknown and still undecided

    Raise then your voice
    Let us sing as we go forth
    Whether to war or warning or welcome

    Red in Beak and Claw
    But wings spread in song
    Ready to meet each unknown harmony.