Exercise: PurplePurpleExercise: Purple by Vorduul
They'd redone the awnings over the rear deck in purple while Janus was still three parsecs out, between Regula Minor and Major, intending it as a birthday surprise. Element had had to calculate the birthday time, relativity being what it was. Alana had last done one for him seven months ago by the conventional clock, and Trijian a jet setter himself, fifteen months.
The redecoration with real, hand-dyed silk was a tremendous affectation, one over which Trijian fretted ostentatiously. Servile robots responded to his exhortations that they "be careful" with exaggerated movements that in biologicals would have seemed mocking.
"Give it a rest, Trij!" Alana laughed over her tea.
"They're going to tear them!" Trij replied. "They didn't come four hundred ninety-seven lightyears just to be destroyed by third rate robotic defectives."
Alana's mouth moved in time with the words. "He's been saying that all morning," she explained to their mother, only just arrived. "He's been raving about
Mon, Feb. 16, 2015I keep praying for the power to express in a phrase what it is I see when I read these stories-Mon, Feb. 16, 2015 by Vorduul
Holocaust and murder and unforgiveness-
And I'm a worm on the floor on its wormy knees-
Begging- O Tell me the word!-
Because there are a million million of us, and we're them.
I know it.
I look in the eyes of fat and greasy on the street, and he or she is the bloated carcass of the perverted soul in my testicles, the motivepart of my being.
I cultivate a practical air of civility-
Say the pretty ones do it for you by their minds-
Say the lightning holds no awe for your petty soul-
And when the bullet comes, who cringes more than thee?
I forgive, really, and it's a helluva forgiveness.
There are people going out in bandages and blood-
And I'm preserving society with porcelain film critiques.
Fuck me- I think and think and think-
Plastic, extruded product of thou do-
The only thing about you that gets raw is your fingers from these asinine polemics
THE STATE THE STATE
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