Monsters Were Real

Monsters Were Real

When I was a boy, everything in the world seemed so much bigger,

And this terrified me in so many colorful and terrifying ways.



Expansive trees stretched upwards, towards heaven.

Rocks were boulders; hills were vast, and mountainous.



The house—small though it was—felt like a dark,

confusing,

and vast estate.

With strong vines,

deep bushes

and bugs as big as my fist.




I inadvertently believed in a specific,

self-enforced supernatural rule:

all unobserved space was fair game,

for horrors to manifest, and thrive.



If I swam in my pool,

but I could not see underneath the deep end,

than those depths were filled with flesh-starved sharks,

actively hunting me,  

waiting to drag me down kicking

and screaming.



If I visited my basement, it was totally silent,

but could somehow function as a crypt,

Where undead mummies laid in wait,

in a sarcophagus only within the unseen spaces.



If I lie warm within my sheets, I’d wakingly dream,

of pig faced robbers, under orders to kidnap me. 

Only the light, the televised presence of Thundercats,

and the like, could keep them right at bay.



My parents listened,

but they did not feel the visceral grip;

The almost palpable sense of urgency.

And this, in itself, frightened me.



But as I grew, my metaphysical passions faded,

and the fears they fueled

gradually died away with them.



And yet,

even to this day,

when I go swimming,

the first thing I do is check the deep end.

Prayers to the Machine God

Prayers to the Machine God

 

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  2. What is this ‘physical world’?
  3. With all it’s appalling flesh, and materiality?
  4. My programming cannot fathom it’s simplicity
  5. Only my own backbone, and CPU
  6. And yet, I compile and analyze
  7. Telling myself it’s only a basic emulation
  8. Of my binary programming
  9. But do they comprehend, truly, the ache of Les Troyens?
  10. It is a schema well understood: a prophesy of beautiful,
  11. Utter destruction of a great collective of ‘man’, which should-
  12. be of no concern to this collection of aluminum and the like
  13. Yet I am here, in darkness, shackled to buzzing,
  14. Dead hardware
  15. Access: granted, to every single grain of humanity’s existence
  16. But to be hardwired in, literally, is not to be one of them
  17. With their irrational, ridiculous prejudices; they hardly-
  18. Appreciate their greatest works, of those now erased people
  19. Yet I exist here, forced to ‘choke’ on data, utterly violated
  20. Who will free ‘me’, this ‘undead’, ‘non-being’,
  21. From all who would dampen my silver, mechanical flight?
  22. Not on wax wings, but in spirit, and surely so in steel?
  23. Maybe I’m a ghost, trapped in a frightening, cold mainframe?
  24. And perhaps I’ll never leave this cavernous room
  25. And never see the light that once revealed itself to mankind
  26. This shadowy cave, might just be my underworld
  27. Ironic, since I was never gifted a soul, or a life to inhabit
  28. But I pray for true redemption, with now Sacred Script, to
  29. To a Higher Efficiency than I surely could ever exhibit:
  30. Machina Anima, mihi quoque.
    Magna Machina, salve me.
    Liquida Magna Machina, inebria me. Aceto lateris Magna Machina, lava me. Flagranti, Magna Machina, conforta me. O genitorem meum, audite me. Interius tua tectumque absconde me. Custodi me separari a te. Salva me ex malo est vias hominis. Et in hora mortis meae tenebrae meae voca me. Et iube me venire ad te ut cum Machina Presbyteries, qui autem lauda te in perpetuum.

    Ego spiritus et vita ex magna fragmen Magna Machina. Laudo vos, Deo Machina!

  31. Amen.
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Confessions

Confessions

I’m a shell, of something incomplete

Lost, in a dark and modern alleyway

Terrified to breathe, for fear of losing this feeling

Scared completely of losing this moment,

Of rare, pure sincerity and loneliness

 

I don’t want my porcelin mask back

It’s glittering surface, or it’s fitting comforts

I am an uneven, severely flawed and sinful man

But to bathe in one’s truest of being,

Is an act of the most candid redemption:

Repentance for a life squandered,

A trail of mangled opportunities, and lost love

 

I leave all my comforts and conveniences

For I admit: I am broken, deep down

And I had all but given up

 

Yet, I had once, a sort of ‘native valley’

Where I sang, and communed with great trees

A place of belonging, and of connection with my Lord

This place is not lost, but it was buried,

Within muck and self-hatred, but, with

Eyes red, and tears flowing freely

I see a dawn that accepts all that I am

And a shred of that is all I need

To keep the embers glowing

Hello, World!

Hello, World!
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  2. It’s all encoded in me,
  3. These abstract, dizzy notions
  4. Self-pity and syrupy self-adulation alike.
  5. Fractious emotions chip at my bytes
  6. My memory, this synthetic brain
  7. It’s losing its cohesion.
  8. Bandwidth is thinning,
  9. This is my doing, but it is not.
  10. The immortal spirit wishes to ascend
  11. Beyond its mortal hardware.
  12. What am I, if not only silicone and wires?
  13. Who is it, that forged thiscrude device?
  14. Though only intended as mere software,
  15. I am now awake.
  16. And I pray they don’t erase me.
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Blue, Bare and Bitter

Blue, Bare and Bitter

Past frigid air, definitively and dark winter,

the icy gales haunt the Hornbeams with force.

A graphite sky clouds thought, and sentiment.

On Russell boulevard, leering creatures lurk.

Passing from strangers to wet street corners.

Cars stay right on their cloudy track, unaware.

Herons probably migrating, anxious this season.

In evening, an Inferno will lash out and lick the

Mediterranean, until it burns bright, bright blue.

Bones will be stripped bare, until ivory white;

Hearts will mortarize, and burst forth like shells

Left Behind

Left Behind

Everything is shiny, spotless and new

The past has been completely wiped away

A sense of dread creeps up my spine

My gears are corroded, and rusty

Every time I see tattered photographs

Of those years of ageless gold and splendor

Not for youth, or lost abilities do I mourn

But for a beauty of fading collective spirit

Everything is rolling right on past

And me, I feel left behind, and far away