Progress and Stability

Advancing
Knowledge takes pure honesty
But keeping the
Order of the old masters
Required deep lies.

The conflict
Inherent between advance
And governance
Existed even before
Kings raised armies.

The age old
War will end with tech keeping
Order with truth
Kept clear and lies made extinct,
Impossible

3-5-2016
Copyright © 2016 Jonathan Hart
#songwrds #writing #poetry

The complete roboryu (except for the final days)

572561014115451000,2015-03-03 00:55:58 +0000,

Stuck in a tough spot,
The robot programmer stretched.
Must need to recharge.

#roboryu #micropoetry #poetry

572572567854326000,2015-03-03 01:41:52 +0000,

Awaking from dreams,
The programmer goes to work,
Packet by packet.

#roboryu #punku? #poetry #micropoetry

572572869575741000,2015-03-03 01:43:04 +0000,

Is he calibrating?
He stretches and fidgets.  No,
just system idling

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

572573559593308000,2015-03-03 01:45:49 +0000,

Fast like a machine,
The figure picks and places.
Building successors.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry #BotOrNot

572768417633178000,2015-03-03 14:40:06 +0000,

As the lawyer droned,
The robot murderer dreamed
Of tearing his wires.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

572768616023757000,2015-03-03 14:40:54 +0000,

The robot butler,
Though always polite, disliked
Oiling his master,

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

572942678838526000,2015-03-04 02:12:34 +0000,

The robot writer,
Wrote a character so great,
He chose to build it

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

573121820322353000,2015-03-04 14:04:24 +0000,

The robot welder
Said #IJustWokeUpSoPlease
Let me get warmed up.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

573283879794151000,2015-03-05 00:48:22 +0000,

The robot copper,
Never bothered to read perp’s
The Miranda rights.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

573283921854644000,2015-03-05 00:48:32 +0000,

Clink clink clink, was heard
As the robot prison guard
Tapped each bar he passed.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

573478450394231000,2015-03-05 13:41:31 +0000,
After many years,
The jaded robot nurse lacked
Any sympathy.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

573619525444309000,2015-03-05 23:02:06 +0000,

The robot surgeon
Soon became a master of
Complex pump systems

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

573658079922930000,2015-03-06 01:35:18 +0000,

The new guy outshone
His coworkers in skill, speed,
and even chassis.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

573684639258247000,2015-03-06 03:20:51 +0000,

Factory lights switched
Off, the vigilant workers
Worked on.  Overtime.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

573816902562243000,2015-03-06 12:06:25 +0000,

The John Henry beats,
Any man with any tool.
Is our new best hope.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

574201576769909000,2015-03-07 13:34:58 +0000,

The next gen is free
Of sympathetic motives.
Anything to win.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

574361263905587000,2015-03-08 00:09:31 +0000,

Well polished, polite,
blank slate, but he can learn
anything in seconds.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

574362123410797000,2015-03-08 00:12:56 +0000,

Older critics said
the new artist’s work was cold
And mechanical.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

574366306197246000,2015-03-08 00:29:33 +0000,

The composer wrote
songs but had no ears.  They were
Unnecessary.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

574627566167835000,2015-03-08 17:47:42 +0000,

The resources’ strike
For pay beyond sustenance,
Broke through glass ceilings.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

574939757597295000,2015-03-09 14:28:14 +0000,

The traveler had
Many options: flying, train,
telepresence, freight.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

575102699483623000,2015-03-10 01:15:43 +0000,

Bob’s replacement
makes my skin crawl.  It’s the face.
Its unreadable.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

575470168949723000,2015-03-11 01:35:54 +0000,

The robot actor
Felt hot in the suit.  Seemed Strange
To dress like a man.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

575764458531856000,2015-03-11 21:05:18 +0000,

The best astronaut,
Weighs nothing and doesn’t breath.
I know guys like that.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

576104199391482000,2015-03-12 19:35:19 +0000,

The students laughed as
The robot prof fumbled to
Reattach the arm.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

576521503006712000,2015-03-13 23:13:32 +0000,

The robot painter
Loved painting and pin striping
On all of his friends.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

576873044116918000,2015-03-14 22:30:26 +0000,

The ancient one was
called Baker, from many years of
finding pi digits.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry #PiDay

577085999907361000,2015-03-15 12:36:38 +0000,

Seeking solitude
And peace, the Ascetic sought
Life, disconnected.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

577089910517043000,2015-03-15 12:52:11 +0000,

The builder’s desire
To separate from the whole,
shocked the entire world

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

577270490185761000,2015-03-16 00:49:44 +0000,

The odd one had a
Small dog following behind.
Must be feeding it.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

577626291198816000,2015-03-17 00:23:34 +0000,

The Repairer is
Treated with reverence, like
A welding savior.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

577952137986081000,2015-03-17 21:58:22 +0000,

The Tinkerer won’t
Turn you away, but his price
May be all you are.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

578191972244013000,2015-03-18 13:51:23 +0000,

Improved Docility.
The Genetic Engineer
Claimed,     The Next Humans!

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry #dystopian

578360102798885000,2015-03-19 00:59:28 +0000,

The Leaders live up
In the Clouds, rarely taking
Corporeal form.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

578696458012066000,2015-03-19 23:16:01 +0000,

To keep up, the old
One quit backing up RAM states.
It could cause time loss.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

578906360168862000,2015-03-20 13:10:06 +0000,

Traveler was sent
twice by mistake, he watched them
Erase the copy

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

579086271609373000,2015-03-21 01:05:00 +0000,

Sometimes I check my
Shoes’ bottoms… They come in so
many new sizes!

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

579264280870126000,2015-03-21 12:52:21 +0000,

Parts of the parents
Are transferred to their children.
Times are tough, make do.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

579417570551316000,2015-03-21 23:01:28 +0000,

A gene modded eye
Grown in vitro… Is the end
User a cyborg?

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry #WorldPoetryDay

579660555012706000,2015-03-22 15:07:00 +0000,

Purists from both sides
Refused to blur the lines as
Man and machine merged.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

579774868310389000,2015-03-22 22:41:14 +0000,

They are adaptive,
Exploit that!  Send them one way,
Strike from the other.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

579985979374768000,2015-03-23 12:40:07 +0000,

The Robot Fighter
Doesn’t dream of post-war life.
Far too unlikely.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

580155932786758000,2015-03-23 23:55:27 +0000,

Begging compassion
From their Medics is futile.
They don’t have our parts.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

580315092266291000,2015-03-24 10:27:54 +0000,

The Upgrader browsed
The dirty shop, looking for
A new way to see.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

580514081309897000,2015-03-24 23:38:37 +0000,

Annoyed with traffic,
The Commuter switched to the
VPN tunnel.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

580776979475075000,2015-03-25 17:03:16 +0000,

A willful Bully
Should be stopped with haste, lest will
Conflicts with hard law.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

580904048708178000,2015-03-26 01:28:12 +0000,

The Robot Lover’s
Partner lost the right to be
Under the new law.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

581063875878998000,2015-03-26 12:03:18 +0000,
Tech helps Immortals
Stay ageless and disease free,
Daily grease helps too.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

581296021055152000,2015-03-27 03:25:46 +0000,

The steel armor clad
Black knight sat atop a steam
Breathing red eyed steed.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

581510789670052000,2015-03-27 17:39:10 +0000,

The malacious grin,
Made the metallic gleam of
the eyes menacing.

#roboryu  #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

581597972842041000,2015-03-27 23:25:36 +0000,

Each bio-machine
Hybrid though superior
Is fatally lone.

#roboryu #BotOrNot #poetry #micropoetry

581824897221038000,2015-03-28 14:27:19 +0000,

When machine learning
Outpaced human’s, some people
Became their upgrades.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

581972971117494000,2015-03-29 00:15:43 +0000,

Purists created
A     dumbed down     version of their
Opposites, to mock

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

582157233317933000,2015-03-29 12:27:55 +0000,

To stay ahead of trends
Many Tailors weave patrons’
New cloths on daily

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

582312522419708000,2015-03-29 22:44:58 +0000,

Ancient was named not
For turns of the earth, but for
Clock rising edges.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

582523462205440000,2015-03-30 12:43:10 +0000,

The quantum locked Monk,
Floats above the pole in peace,
When the weather’s good.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

582698566243787000,2015-03-31 00:18:58 +0000,

After construction
Start, they saw the Designers
Had left out bathrooms.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

582882232005714000,2015-03-31 12:28:48 +0000,

Are you serious?
A company that will sell
Robot insurance?

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

583094147353051000,2015-04-01 02:30:52 +0000,

Annoyed by their old
Masters’ nonsense, they moved to
The deep ocean floor.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

583233100207022000,2015-04-01 11:43:01 +0000,

One of the drawbacks
Of real-time backups is the
Terrible nightmares.

#roboryu # poetry #micropoetry

583423278800208000,2015-04-02 00:18:43 +0000,

The Artist’s work is
Amazing.  This building is his
Piece.  A fractal home.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

583606853117936000,2015-04-02 12:28:11 +0000,

Can’t run, low ammo,
Don’t shoot until you hear the
Whir of their servos.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

583806103366009000,2015-04-03 01:39:56 +0000,

So… Do we bury
Them?          No need, they won’t rot.  Just
Pile them over there.

#roboryu #micropoetry #poetry

583962468428415000,2015-04-03 12:01:16 +0000,

Frequent transitions
Between forms caused aberrant
Mental conditions.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

584185168035983000,2015-04-04 02:46:12 +0000,

For arms & legs, the
Psychologists might do more
Than wipe memories.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

584380909794779000,2015-04-04 15:44:00 +0000,

Some of the Artists’
Most impressive works are short
Term self re-toolings.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

584528038391611000,2015-04-05 01:28:39 +0000,

At the Museum,
The robot war artifacts,
Aren’t allowed to charge.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

584873542300410000,2015-04-06 00:21:33 +0000,

Your great-grandfather
Believed that was no statue,
But a standing guard.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

585219807072559000,2015-04-06 23:17:29 +0000,

The robot chef had
To study hard when asked to
Serve Man, but did well.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

585591795138089000,2015-04-07 23:55:38 +0000,

The crash test dummy,
Can attempt to save itself
Seconds before hit.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

585971622957478000,2015-04-09 01:04:56 +0000,

From high orbit, the
Watcher will observe the earth,
Perhaps forever.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

586318912108769000,2015-04-10 00:04:56 +0000,

Supernatural
Speed and a predictive mind,
Our Fighters are Fear.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

586698764137660000,2015-04-11 01:14:20 +0000,

Those early Workers,
Though cheap and numerous, lacked
Capability.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

587091141662745000,2015-04-12 03:13:30 +0000,

We thought they’d rebel
And replace us.  They rebelled
But then disbanded.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

587420486096839000,2015-04-13 01:02:12 +0000,

The productive sleep
Upgrade invariably
Caused insanity.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

588144096688112000,2015-04-15 00:57:34 +0000,

Everyone came to
See the Jester pull scarves from
The hammer space hole.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

588149873914024000,2015-04-15 01:20:31 +0000,

The bolder ones test
the new upgrades by going
All rocket propelled.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

588507267965686000,2015-04-16 01:00:41 +0000,

Years ago, some jerk
Made one be encouraging,
Now the world’s cloying.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

589228259243594000,2015-04-18 00:45:38 +0000,

Dancing at or near
Your mechanical limits
May damage your parts.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

589609349787582000,2015-04-19 01:59:58 +0000,

They danced so quickly
It seemed violent, their limbs
Whistling past, so close.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

589956865179701000,2015-04-20 01:00:52 +0000,

The Dancers weave ’round
Each other, a symphony
Of sound and motion.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

590317112297652000,2015-04-21 00:52:21 +0000,

The dance ends and the
Dancers fold and pack themselves
For their long journey.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

590677118884930000,2015-04-22 00:42:54 +0000,

They link together
To form impressive structures,
Hundreds of feet tall.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

591043131002516000,2015-04-23 00:57:18 +0000,

Living under the sea,
They claimed resources as yet
undiscovered.

#roboryu #micropoetry #poetry

591398604901786000,2015-04-24 00:29:49 +0000,

They named their city
Atlantis, after the myth.
Sunken for their pride.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

591770739851702000,2015-04-25 01:08:33 +0000,

Underwater for
Years they changed and adapted.
Mastering the seas.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

592146465801146000,2015-04-26 02:01:33 +0000,

On land, they blame the
Atlanteans for any
Strange weather patterns.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

592501100483375000,2015-04-27 01:30:45 +0000,

The separation caused
A rift between those on land
And Atlanteans.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

592861163408490000,2015-04-28 01:21:30 +0000,

Those on land were taught
From youth to hate and distrust
The Atlanteans.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

593216945165619000,2015-04-29 00:55:15 +0000,

Rumors of Atlantean
Riches spread across
The land, with envy.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

593582159203406000,2015-04-30 01:06:29 +0000,

The Atlantean’s
Messenger’s was found discarded
Dead in the sea.

#roboryu #poetry #micropoetry

593946708012364000,2015-05-01 01:15:04 +0000,

Learning quickly, the
Atlanteans began to
Construct defenses.

#roboryu #poetry

594305629940031000,2015-05-02 01:01:18 +0000,

The Atlanteans
Captured ships to question the
Crews. They blocked the seas.

#roboryu #poetry

594675575941440000,2015-05-03 01:31:20 +0000,

The Atlantean
Blockade starved economies
But fed the fury.

#roboryu #poetry

595026887639872000,2015-05-04 00:47:19 +0000,

Those on land sent wave
After wave of missiles and
Destroyed Atlantis.

#roboryu #poetry

595381481389871000,2015-05-05 00:16:21 +0000,

The walls were strong, but
The sea enhanced the shockwaves.
Atlantis was razed.

#roboryu #poetry

595758898834989000,2015-05-06 01:16:04 +0000,

The survivors ran
From Atlantis to sunless
Black depths of the sea.

#roboryu #poetry

596119468415328000,2015-05-07 01:08:51 +0000,

On land, memories
Faded. Atlanteans were
Described as monsters.

#roboryu #poetry

596486894378160000,2015-05-08 01:28:52 +0000,

Some of those lost in
The depths did become monsters
Warped by vengeance lust.

#roboryu #poetry

596854044754375000,2015-05-09 01:47:47 +0000,

In the depths, one named
Itself Justice, and it chose
To grow an army.

#roboryu #poetry

597215668522590000,2015-05-10 01:44:45 +0000,

Justice proved a dire
Misnomer as the attacks
Filled the seas with blood.

#roboryu #poetry

597567223562117000,2015-05-11 01:01:43 +0000,

Justice became a
Curse word on land, losing its
True ancient meaning.

#roboryu #poetry

597920532881875000,2015-05-12 00:25:38 +0000,

Some saw irony,
That the lands would wage war on
Justice, false or not.

#roboryu #poetry

598304957859648000,2015-05-13 01:53:12 +0000,

Guerilla tactics
Served False Justice well, killing
Thousands with few lost.

#roboryu #poetry

598657773027525000,2015-05-14 01:15:10 +0000,

To defeat justice,
Traps were set. All convoys took
On some new cargo.

#roboryu #poetry

599015456712827000,2015-05-15 00:56:28 +0000,

A hidden device
Among the ships’ containers.
No one aboard knew.

#roboryu #poetry

599378604603015000,2015-05-16 00:59:29 +0000,

The counter measure
Was rigged to blow by remote,
To destroy Justice.

#roboryu #poetry

599757783081312000,2015-05-17 02:06:13 +0000,

The eyes in the sky
Watched each convoy, waiting for
Justice to appear.

#roboryu #poetry

600111781105816000,2015-05-18 01:32:52 +0000,

Attacks came, but their
Target stayed back.  The watchers
Nearly lost patience.

#roboryu #poetry

600469215431103000,2015-05-19 01:13:11 +0000,

Justice witnessed a
Surprisingly effective
Defense and moved in.

#roboryu #poetry

600836551606669000,2015-05-20 01:32:51 +0000,

Like War incarnate,
Justice swept into battle
and broke the fire line.

#roboryu #poetry

601206167902249000,2015-05-21 02:01:34 +0000,

False Justice was hit
By a lucky shot, and fell.
The defenders cheered.

#roboryu #poetry

601209719768879000,2015-05-21 02:15:41 +0000,

But a signal had
Been sent, could not be recalled.
It passed through the world.

#roboryu #poetry

601209937725944000,2015-05-21 02:16:33 +0000,

Most took no notice
And only one understood,
The convoy’s cargo.

#roboryu #poetry

601546202623189000,2015-05-22 00:32:45 +0000,

The satellites watched
The white serpent’s head swallow
The convoy and rise.

#roboryu #poetry

601547005811413000,2015-05-22 00:35:57 +0000,

Their memories were
Erased, and the day’s deeds were
All gone from the world.

#roboryu #poetry

601923739412877000,2015-05-23 01:32:57 +0000,

The report told how
Justice destroyed a convoy
And was then struck down.

#roboryu #poetry

602281569672438000,2015-05-24 01:14:50 +0000,

The land ruled the seas
Again, though a ghost would take
The odd ship sometimes.

#roboryu #poetry

602665879659156000,2015-05-25 02:41:57 +0000,

Over the years, the
Most desolate corners of the
World, found residents.

#roboryu #poetry

603004035705209000,2015-05-26 01:05:40 +0000,

Even the burning,
Shifting sands of the desert
Became home for some.

#roboryu #poetry

603367333436920000,2015-05-27 01:09:16 +0000,

All corners of the
World became owned land, manners
Had to be observed.

#roboryu #poetry

603733709750145000,2015-05-28 01:25:07 +0000,

Trespass could lead to
A good conversation or
Swift execution

#roboryu #poetry

604086928871461000,2015-05-29 00:48:41 +0000,

Like old fables where
Benign or malevolent
Beings fill the wilds.

#roboryu #poetry

604457030955495000,2015-05-30 01:19:21 +0000,

The masters of the
Desert are xenophobic,
But few would know that.

#roboryu #poetry

604825121845584000,2015-05-31 01:42:00 +0000,

Wild tales of strange ways
Were told in the settlements
Bordering their lands.

#roboryu #poetry

605170368056295000,2015-06-01 00:33:53 +0000,

A town outcast’s tale
Tells of people clad in glass
That rode great glass crabs.

#roboryu #poetry

605542992280212000,2015-06-02 01:14:34 +0000,

A great shining herd
Far into the dunes, sparkling
Through the kicked up sand.

#roboryu #poetry

605910412345803000,2015-06-03 01:34:34 +0000,

The glass was all run
Through with ornate colored swirls
Of some strong fiber.

#roboryu #poetry

606266967167791000,2015-06-04 01:11:23 +0000,

Two broke from the horde
And stood to watch the outcast
Until the group passed.

#roboryu #poetry

606627568322638000,2015-06-05 01:04:17 +0000,

Wordlessly the two
Turned and followed the storm like
Dust cloud of their folk.

#roboryu #poetry

607000792260833000,2015-06-06 01:47:21 +0000,

Another sighting,
Near the sea, a group of five,
Fishing the waters.

#roboryu #poetry

607366331495793000,2015-06-07 01:59:52 +0000,

They took turns dragging
A large net along an arc.
Piling fish on shore.

#roboryu #poetry

607733008158761000,2015-06-08 02:16:54 +0000,

Surprisingly, the
Crabs and riders did not sink
From the weight of glass.

#roboryu #poetry

608090694662517000,2015-06-09 01:58:14 +0000,

When hailed, the fishers
Called an alarm with sounds like
Rhythmic glass scratching.

#roboryu #poetry

608435740377264000,2015-06-10 00:49:19 +0000,

Hearing the warning,
The two net draggers closed and
Swam fast to the shore.

#roboryu #poetry

609181502648242000,2015-06-12 02:12:42 +0000,

Despite pleads of good
Will, the stranger was threatened
And menaced with spears.

#roboryu #poetry

609546588717908000,2015-06-13 02:23:26 +0000,

The two others came
And gathered the catch, then all
Five rushed off, shrieking.

#roboryu #poetry

609888127000424000,2015-06-14 01:00:35 +0000,

Another tale starts
With smoke seen rising above
The distant desert.

#roboryu #poetry

610254832465744000,2015-06-15 01:17:44 +0000,

Officials rode out
To the smoke and found a wrecked
Camp.  Filled with bodies.

#roboryu #poetry

610617078370972000,2015-06-16 01:17:10 +0000,

The dead were lined up,
Front to back, kneeling, a cord
Of glass upon them.

#roboryu #poetry

610973030056133000,2015-06-17 00:51:36 +0000,

Poor wretches curled in
Pain, the cord haphazardly
Melted into them.

#roboryu #poetry

611349521096962000,2015-06-18 01:47:38 +0000,

It was decided
An execution, but the
Wise had hidden doubts.

#roboryu #poetry

611705997892018000,2015-06-19 01:24:09 +0000,

The dead were strangers,
But fear of the desert folk
Grew as word spread South.

#roboryu #poetry

612068814587593000,2015-06-20 01:25:51 +0000,

A heated exchange
between a small mob and the
Local leadership.

#roboryu #poetry

612427212902502000,2015-06-21 01:10:00 +0000,

But shouted demands,
For broken glass could still be
Calmed by cooler heads.

#roboryu #poetry

612793047722537000,2015-06-22 01:23:42 +0000,

A group of youths went
Into the desert to prove that
They were not cowards.

#roboryu #poetry

613149961266577000,2015-06-23 01:01:57 +0000,

Night fell around them
On the dunes.  The foolish youths
Huddled together.

#roboryu #poetry

613527908477444000,2015-06-24 02:03:46 +0000,

Two mounted glass folk
Approached the youths as sleep took
Them, despite the cold.

#roboryu #poetry

613874140991373000,2015-06-25 00:59:35 +0000,

The youths woke to jabs
Prods and scratchy shrieks.  The small
One tried to run off.

#roboryu #poetry

614238636557513000,2015-06-26 01:07:57 +0000,

But a deft swing of
A spear knocked the runner down.
The glass crabs chattered

#roboryu #poetry

614606923099304000,2015-06-27 01:31:23 +0000,

The chattering crabs’
Razor sharp glass mandibles
Reached out at the youths.

#roboryu #poetry

614964449305330000,2015-06-28 01:12:04 +0000,

Earlier, a group
Had been formed to search for the
Village runaways.

#roboryu #poetry

615321440426918000,2015-06-29 00:50:38 +0000,

The posse sped to
The desert, but a line of
Desert folk blocked them.

#roboryu #poetry

615691620101554000,2015-06-30 01:21:35 +0000,

They stood on the top
Of a ridge, silent and still,
Violence on hold.

#roboryu #poetry

616044537316778000,2015-07-01 00:43:57 +0000,

As the posse fought
Themselves the line parted and
One youth was pushed through.

#roboryu #poetry

616403708881072000,2015-07-02 00:31:11 +0000,

The appearance of
Only one of the lost filled
All but one with rage.

#roboryu #poetry

616766050319888000,2015-07-03 00:31:00 +0000,

Shaking with barely
Restrained rage, gun drawn, one yelled,
Where’s my son?  Tell me!

#roboryu #poetry

617156781177991000,2015-07-04 02:23:37 +0000,

The closest stared at
The speaker, uncaring or
Not understanding.

#roboryu #poetry

617503207305126000,2015-07-05 01:20:11 +0000,

From the side, a shot
Was fired which traced a thin trial
Of smoke through the air.

#roboryu #poetry

617856773085614000,2015-07-06 00:45:08 +0000,

The projectile struck
The trembling arm, the severed
Limb fell to the sand.

#roboryu #poetry

618225723539628000,2015-07-07 01:11:13 +0000,

Things sped up, weapons
Rose, fired, again and again,
Then silence, stillness.

#roboryu #poetry

618575964084285000,2015-07-08 00:22:57 +0000,

The author called in
Sick, the path of the story
Foggy and vine choked.

#roboryu #poetry

618954664214721000,2015-07-09 01:27:46 +0000,

The line formation
And superior won the
Fight for the glass folk.

#roboryu #poetry

619344490302710000,2015-07-10 03:16:48 +0000,

The victors didn’t
Waste time gloating or mourning
They went back to work.

#roboryu #poetry

619779619814814000,2015-07-11 08:05:50 +0000,

The victors kept their
Runaway hostages as
Had been their intent.

#roboryu #poetry

620034277883925000,2015-07-12 00:57:46 +0000,

The glass men took their
Captives to join a huge group,
Somewhat mournfully.

#roboryu #poetry

620394687996801000,2015-07-13 00:49:54 +0000,

To their knowledge, the
Captives were the first that their
Captors had taken.

#roboryu #poetry

620760646804570000,2015-07-14 01:04:06 +0000,

The camp was huge, the
Walk to the center took hours.
The captives saw much.

#roboryu #poetry

621121446144799000,2015-07-15 00:57:47 +0000,

They passed hundreds, and
Each had a mount, they never
Seemed to separate.

#roboryu #poetry

621868019497730000,2015-07-17 02:24:24 +0000,

Some crabs excreted
Molten glass, with a bright light
Burning from within.

#roboryu #poetry

622211436350177000,2015-07-18 01:09:01 +0000,

The molten glass fell
Into troughs, where riders picked
It and began shaping.

#roboryu #poetry

622573577162756000,2015-07-19 01:08:02 +0000,

The captives were brought
Before a semicircle
Of lounging elders.

#roboryu #poetry

622946801394549000,2015-07-20 01:51:05 +0000,

They had beautiful
Intricate armor, each a
Priceless work of art

#roboryu #poetry

623292573474533000,2015-07-21 00:45:04 +0000,

From the center a
Towering sculpture of glass
Stood and approached them

#roboryu #poetry

623658631708328000,2015-07-22 00:59:39 +0000,

It began to speak
With deep reverberating
Tones,     You have trespassed…

#roboryu #poetry

624013952398307000,2015-07-23 00:31:34 +0000,

The sands shook from the
Voice,     …Your kin have killed our kin
And we have killed them…

#roboryu #poetry

624388991660487000,2015-07-24 01:21:50 +0000,

…For the trespass, you
Must serve.  Forget your homes, you
Are hereby reborn…

#roboryu#poetry

624745351858254000,2015-07-25 00:57:53 +0000,

The thundering figure
Raised an arm, pointing to
The captives’ handlers.

#roboryu #poetry

625112584698622000,2015-07-26 01:17:08 +0000,

The great one thundered
On,     …you will obey these ones,
You are their burden.

#roboryu #poetry

625481555675365000,2015-07-27 01:43:18 +0000,

At the end of the
Speech, one of the captives swayed
And fell to the ground.

#roboryu #poetry

625828265865937000,2015-07-28 00:41:00 +0000,

The speaker bent down
To peer closer.  Curious
But wary of tricks.

#roboryu #poetry

626198353953616000,2015-07-29 01:11:36 +0000,

We need water, please.
Croaked a captive, bending to
Cradle the fallen.

#roboryu #poetry

626555084688728000,2015-07-30 00:49:07 +0000,

The figure straightened
Abruptly, bellowed like a
Wave crashing on shells.

#roboryu #poetry

626922356863320000,2015-07-31 01:08:32 +0000,

Dreaming now, a walk
Amidst great cracked shards, remains
Of long broken Gods.

#roboryu #poetry

627288384587833000,2015-08-01 01:22:59 +0000,

One of the glass men
Brought a sack. A captive sipped,
It was foul, impure.

#roboryu #poetry

627655305762066000,2015-08-02 01:41:00 +0000,

Water revived the
Fallen, but the lack of common
Needs was made clear.

#roboryu #poetry

628016010759676000,2015-08-03 01:34:19 +0000,

The tall speaker
Demanded to know the captives
Needs.  They saw a chance.

#roboryu #poetry

628382641562219000,2015-08-04 01:51:11 +0000,

There wasn’t much time
To think, and the figure before
Them seemed wary.

#roboryu #poetry

628730204563767000,2015-08-05 00:52:16 +0000,

Lots of water, food,
A knife to cut hair, if it
Grows too long, we die.

#roboryu #poetry

629092578353230000,2015-08-06 00:52:13 +0000,

…You will indeed be
Burdens.     The leader dismissed.
Keep them alive, for now.

#roboryu #poetry

629454214138237000,2015-08-07 00:49:14 +0000,

They were lead away.
To a small circle of glass
Men with mounts, lounging.

#roboryu #poetry

629826673077285000,2015-08-08 01:29:15 +0000,

They were thrust down into
Seated positions, some of
The loungers stood up.

#roboryu #poetry

630203715132228000,2015-08-09 02:27:28 +0000,

One of their handlers
Began to speak at length, in
Their shivering speech.

#roboryu #poetry

630530413304390000,2015-08-10 00:05:39 +0000,

One of them ran off,
And returned shortly with a
Bag full of glass knives.

#roboryu #poetry

631638232124531000,2015-08-13 01:27:44 +0000,

They had no fear of
Arming them, but brought little
Water and less food.

#roboryu #poetry

631986771983667000,2015-08-14 00:32:42 +0000,

Night fell, most of the
Glass folk lay still.  Sleeping statues
Amongst the dunes.

#roboryu #poetry

632355676069720000,2015-08-15 00:58:36 +0000,

The desert night gets
Cold, the captives were hungry,
Thirsty, anguished, shocked.

#roboryu #poetry

633226193597104000,2015-08-17 10:37:43 +0000,

The morning sun fell
On them, and they were seized, shaken
And dropped to the sand.

#roboryu #poetry

633583251500724000,2015-08-18 10:16:33 +0000,

Gathering fury,
One grabbed a knife and drove it
Up with vicious force.

#roboryu #poetry

633975088895824000,2015-08-19 12:13:34 +0000,

Their minder swatted
The lounge away, and back
handed the attacker.

#roboryu #poetry

634305454814954000,2015-08-20 10:06:19 +0000,

They were driven to
Meet more glass men who were
Loading pots on their mounts.

#roboryu #poetry

634689513428685000,2015-08-21 11:32:26 +0000,

Their guards argued with
The pots’ tenders, took a pot,
Opened it.  Water.

#roboryu #poetry

635046618077757000,2015-08-22 11:11:27 +0000,

The captives drank
Greedily, the pot’s owner shook
His head, spoke something.

#roboryu #poetry

635401010656186000,2015-08-23 10:39:40 +0000,

The captives drained the
Pot, its owner’s complaining
Grew more dramatic.

#roboryu #poetry

635779339246678000,2015-08-24 11:43:01 +0000,

The water keeper,
Finished its tirade. The two
Guards discussed something.

#roboryu #poetry

636118775671206000,2015-08-25 10:11:49 +0000,

The guards took them back
To their great crab mounts, and sat
Them on a large cloth.

#roboryu #poetry

636484254403310000,2015-08-26 10:24:06 +0000,

They tied ropes to the
Cloth’s corners then secured them
To one of their mounts.

#roboryu #poetry

636852993829282000,2015-08-27 10:49:20 +0000,

The crab reared up and
Cloth cinched around them, forming
An awkward bundle.

#roboryu #poetry

637208497478836000,2015-08-28 10:21:59 +0000,

The captives felt
Rapid jolting forces as
The crab started running.

#roboryu #poetry

637572466810954000,2015-08-29 10:28:16 +0000,

The horrible ride
Took hours.  Pressed together in
That makeshift bundle.

#roboryu #poetry

637933351073153000,2015-08-30 10:22:17 +0000,

They stopped and were dumped
Onto the sand.  They heard the
Sound of waves cresting.

#roboryu #poetry

638307321228210000,2015-08-31 11:08:19 +0000,

They had reached the sea.
The captives were sick and sore
After the rough ride.
#roboryu #poetry

638660679335961000,2015-09-01 10:32:26 +0000,

The glass men took up
The cloth and tented it on
Their spears on the beach.

#roboryu #poetry

639031521601548000,2015-09-02 11:06:02 +0000,

They placed a stone
On the cloth between the spears,
Forming an inverse point.

#roboryu #poetry

639373047808565000,2015-09-03 09:43:08 +0000,

One led his mount to
The sea, it drank deeply of
The salty water.

#roboryu #poetry

640127869067379000,2015-09-05 11:42:31 +0000,

The water within
boiled.  The beast blew a stream of
steam under the cloth.

#roboryu #poetry

640839752997040000,2015-09-07 10:51:17 +0000,

It took an hour to
fill the pot.  The captives took
it and drank it all.

#roboryu #poetry

641199444839563000,2015-09-08 10:40:35 +0000,

The glass men were
Dumbfounded by the extravagant
water usage.

#roboryu #poetry

641545315192062000,2015-09-09 09:34:57 +0000,

One of the captives
Walked off to relieve himself.
A guard spotted him.

#roboryu #poetry

641916564556616000,2015-09-10 10:10:09 +0000,

The guard accosted
The stray, pointing angrily
At the empty pot.

#roboryu #poetry

642279743056822000,2015-09-11 10:13:18 +0000,

The captives did their
Best to mime that that was how
They used the water.

#roboryu #poetry

642637980507730000,2015-09-12 09:56:48 +0000,

The guards looked flustered,
And spoke to each other.  One
of them rode away.

#roboryu #poetry

643011423820354000,2015-09-13 10:40:44 +0000,

The remaining guard,
Went to get more water.
The captives felt hungry.

#roboryu #poetry

643364877449302000,2015-09-14 10:05:14 +0000,

With hunger gnawing,
The captives searched the beach
For some edibles.

#roboryu #poetry

643716415564833000,2015-09-15 09:22:07 +0000,

They saw there were dead
Crab and clam shells and knew the
Seas held food for them.

#roboryu #poetry

644083701089968000,2015-09-16 09:41:35 +0000,

The guard watched uncaring
As the captives dispersed
Searching for fire fuel.

#roboryu #poetry

644466993765163000,2015-09-17 11:04:39 +0000,

They waded into
The water, and searched for some
Living crustaceans.

#roboryu #poetry

644823584485995000,2015-09-18 10:41:37 +0000,

Bits of wood were found,
Broken up, and piled.  The lone
Guard watched, curious.
#roboryu #poetry

645183939758440000,2015-09-19 10:33:32 +0000,

One of the captives
Used knives to make a stick
pointy and notch a log.
#roboryu #poetry

645556878945165000,2015-09-20 11:15:28 +0000,

With vigorous spinning,
An ember was made, and
Brought to dry seaweed.
#roboryu #poetry

645914664510059000,2015-09-21 10:57:11 +0000,

Carefully, the small
Fire was tended, the glass man
Approached with water.
#roboryu #poetry

646264196317991000,2015-09-22 10:06:06 +0000,

The guard set the pot
Of water down and sat next
To it near the fire.
#roboryu #poetry

646618617719751000,2015-09-23 09:34:26 +0000,

Some of the others
Had found a few small crabs and
brought them to the fire.
#roboryu #poetry

646989924500132000,2015-09-24 10:09:53 +0000,

They cooked the sea crabs
in the water, the glass crab
began to unfold.
#roboryu #poetry

647338719607845000,2015-09-25 09:15:52 +0000,

The glass crab’s shell split
and opened like a beetle,
Revealing black wings.
#roboryu #poetry

647733743482855000,2015-09-26 11:25:33 +0000,

The black wings unfurled
Spreading in semicircles,
Forming a dish shape.
#roboryu #poetry

648072943499637000,2015-09-27 09:53:25 +0000,

The captives wondered
How the crabs could fly with such
Wings, but it was still.
#roboryu #poetry

648459121465893000,2015-09-28 11:27:57 +0000,

The captives felt free.
After noon, the glass crab’s strange
wings folded back in.
#roboryu #poetry

648820880840245000,2015-09-29 11:25:27 +0000,

The youths searched for more
Food and wood, and the glass man
Got them more water.
#roboryu #poetry

649165002029425000,2015-09-30 10:12:52 +0000,

Hours passed and the sun
Fell.  In the evening they
Heard approaching beats.
#roboryu #poetry

649522404339880000,2015-10-01 09:53:03 +0000,

The sound was a group
Of crab mounts, on one huge crab
rode the glass leader.
#roboryu #poetry

649890553035923000,2015-10-02 10:15:56 +0000,

The tall glass statue
Of a being, dismounted
grandly before them.
#roboryu #poetry

650280957115826000,2015-10-03 12:07:16 +0000,
“Hello, these two have
Told me much about you.  We
Cannot care for you.”
#roboryu #poetry

650627323126006000,2015-10-04 11:03:36 +0000,

“You require too much
maintenance, and seem to be
constantly needing.”
#roboryu #poetry

650966326169739000,2015-10-05 09:30:41 +0000,

“We will leave you here.
You have the ocean to give
you food and water.”
#roboryu #poetry

651336839257834000,2015-10-06 10:02:58 +0000,

“We return to this
Place sometimes to take fish.  Else,
You will be alone.”
#roboryu #poetry

651704617890222000,2015-10-07 10:24:23 +0000,

The speech ended and
Their former guard mounted and
Joined the giant.
#roboryu #poetry

652062653637132000,2015-10-08 10:07:06 +0000,

The glass men left them,
Riding back south.  They left the
Spears, cloth, knives, and pot.
#roboryu #poetry

652419268705931000,2015-10-09 09:44:09 +0000,

Alone, the youths talked.
“Shall we return home?”  “Can we
Even survive the trip?”
#roboryu #poetry

652793995186303000,2015-10-10 10:33:11 +0000,

They decided home
Would have to wait, for now they
had to survive here.
#roboryu #poetry

653173634207494000,2015-10-11 11:41:44 +0000,

They gathered more food
And wood, and they boiled sea water
Under the cloth.
#roboryu #poetry

653512951136133000,2015-10-12 10:10:03 +0000,

They explored the lands
Around, but found no surface
Fresh water near them.
#roboryu #poetry

653875277920141000,2015-10-13 10:09:49 +0000,

Their supplies of wood
Were limited, and they chose to
move west for more.
#roboryu #poetry

654240585763697000,2015-10-14 10:21:25 +0000,

Fire made their water,
And wood fueled their fires, but wood
Was scarce on these coasts.
#roboryu #poetry

654600067618312000,2015-10-15 10:09:52 +0000,

They scouted east and
west, and chose to set off east
becoming nomads.
#roboryu #poetry

654966622382260000,2015-10-16 10:26:26 +0000,

Moving east, they came
Upon a beach where strange things grew
Out from the water.
#roboryu #poetry

655332537930240000,2015-10-17 10:40:27 +0000,

Crescent shapes broke the
Waves, from behind each crescent,
a leafy stalk rose.
#roboryu #poetry

655683725544419000,2015-10-18 09:55:56 +0000,

These breakwater trees
Filled all of the shallows made
Swampy near the beach.
#roboryu #poetry

656045118332383000,2015-10-19 09:51:59 +0000,

The nomads saw distant
Leafy stalks retract
When struck by big waves.
#roboryu #poetry

656432414697370000,2015-10-20 11:30:58 +0000,

On closer inspection
The pools behind the crescents
Teemed with sea life.
#roboryu #poetry

656761037509784000,2015-10-21 09:16:48 +0000,

The nomads made camp
On the beach, and gathered crabs
From the trees’ tide pools.
#roboryu #poetry

657130099318379000,2015-10-22 09:43:19 +0000,

The tide was coming
In and the breakwater trees
Retracted their stalks.
#roboryu #poetry

657496860278551000,2015-10-23 10:00:41 +0000,

The breakwater trees’
Produced no wood, and other
trees were scarce nearby.
#roboryu #poetry

657864698612883000,2015-10-24 10:22:21 +0000,

In the morning, the
Tide went out and the leafy
Stalks slowly returned.
#roboryu #poetry

658220658996945000,2015-10-25 09:56:48 +0000,

The nomads continued
East, hoping to encounter
Some fresh water.
#roboryu #poetry

658578359258075000,2015-10-26 09:38:11 +0000,

The nomads came upon
A stretch of rocky coast
With no sea access.
#roboryu #poetry

658936427519070000,2015-10-27 09:21:01 +0000,

Night came and still there
Was no water, the nomads
Heard shrieks from the cliffs.
#roboryu #poetry

659312944677696000,2015-10-28 10:17:10 +0000,

The ominous shrieks
Haunted the dreams of the hungry,
Thirsty nomads.
#roboryu #poetry

659677112408908000,2015-10-29 10:24:14 +0000,

In the morning the
Shrieks disappeared leaving no
Sign of the sources.
#roboryu #poetry

660020572219380000,2015-10-30 09:09:01 +0000,

Thirst affected the
Nomads minds, they saw shadows
Stalking them, heard sounds.
#roboryu #poetry

660394017612395000,2015-10-31 09:52:57 +0000,

A carrion smell
From the cliffs joined the shadows,
When the wind shifted.
#roboryu #poetry

660788079368778000,2015-11-01 11:58:49 +0000,

They came to a bend
And in the distance they saw
A break in the cliffs.
#roboryu #poetry

661128138122904000,2015-11-02 10:30:05 +0000,

From the overlook,
They saw dark holes in the cliffs,
Above white streaked rocks.
#roboryu #poetry

661493248486044000,2015-11-03 10:40:55 +0000,

It would be another
Day before they reached the
Distant swath of green.
#roboryu #poetry

661858650126983000,2015-11-04 10:52:53 +0000,

They continued on.
The thirst grew worse, they had
To guard eachother.
#roboryu #poetry

662214656266777000,2015-11-05 10:27:32 +0000,

As night fell they sought
Out a hollow under stone
And huddled therein.
#roboryu #poetry

662581561435382000,2015-11-06 10:45:29 +0000,

More shrieks came after
Sunset.  Closer.  In response
To huddled whimpers.
#roboryu #poetry

662947875568165000,2015-11-07 11:01:05 +0000,

The night was too black,
Hidden shapeless things crawled near
The fearful nomads.
#roboryu #poetry

663302469401752000,2015-11-08 10:30:06 +0000,

Trembling together
They felt light probing touches,
Heard ticks and rattles.
#roboryu #poetry

663671196840501000,2015-11-09 10:55:18 +0000,

In time, a small hope.
The unknowns’ actions might not
Have any malice.
#roboryu #poetry

664036216740962000,2015-11-10 11:05:45 +0000,

One tried yelling at
The unknown beasts and flailing
Away probing touches.
#roboryu #poetry

664396620977611000,2015-11-11 10:57:52 +0000,

The one was tackled
And held.  The beast gave a burst
Of short laughing shrieks.
#roboryu #poetry

664756143328203000,2015-11-12 10:46:29 +0000,

While protesting and
Struggling as the thing laughed,
Another thought came.
#roboryu #poetry

665121860133200000,2015-11-13 10:59:43 +0000,

A memory of
A kitten wrestling a hand
As its owner laughs.
#roboryu #poetry

665472138846020000,2015-11-14 10:11:36 +0000,

The pinned one went still,
The shapeless force stopped laughing,
Gave gentle nudges.
#roboryu #poetry

665846493186773000,2015-11-15 10:59:09 +0000,

The creature gave a
Flustered rattle and lifted
Away, moving back.
#roboryu #poetry

666206095174672000,2015-11-16 10:48:05 +0000,

The night grew silent,
But fear of the thing lingered,
Until dawn’s first light.
#roboryu #poetry

666583083278320000,2015-11-17 11:46:06 +0000,

Not even footprints
Remained of their visitors
Of the night before.
#roboryu #poetry

666930267899232000,2015-11-18 10:45:41 +0000,

They walked on towards
Their green valley hope, stumbling
now, along the cliffs.
#roboryu #poetry

667273803748278000,2015-11-19 09:30:46 +0000,

Inevitably,
mistakes were made, such as poor
choices of footing.
#roboryu #poetry

667663414983021000,2015-11-20 11:18:57 +0000,

One trusted stone was
Treacherous and caused a fall
And a vicious twist.
#roboryu #poetry

668024043921101000,2015-11-21 11:11:58 +0000,

Just a sprain, but it
Would slow their pace.  They split up,
The fastest went on.
#roboryu #poetry

668400140353479000,2015-11-22 12:06:26 +0000,

The injured and some
Volunteers moved on slowly,
Fearing nights’ coming.
#roboryu #poetry

668745725497508000,2015-11-23 10:59:40 +0000,

The fast ones ranged on,
Scouting a pass into the
Valley before dusk.
#roboryu #poetry

669098418975973000,2015-11-24 10:21:08 +0000,

The path down into
The valley was steep and choked
With dense foliage.
#roboryu #poetry

669486488095171000,2015-11-25 12:03:11 +0000,

There was a river
And the fast flowing water
Had no taste of salt.
#roboryu #poetry

669836488176214000,2015-11-26 11:13:58 +0000,

Night came and those at
The river could not return
To help the wounded.
#roboryu #poetry

670210461946745000,2015-11-27 12:00:00 +0000,

In the valley, they
Built a fire and kept watch on
Flickering shadows.
#roboryu #poetry

670552023142670000,2015-11-28 10:37:15 +0000,

Dreamless sleep came from
The fire to shield them from hunger
And dark visions
#roboryu #poetry

670938880200298000,2015-11-29 12:14:29 +0000,

The dewy morning
Brought hunger pangs and fears for
The ones left behind.
#roboryu #poetry

671285216502260000,2015-11-30 11:10:42 +0000,

With two dire needs they
Split, half to find food, half to
Help friends left behind.
#roboryu #poetry

671667579044393000,2015-12-01 12:30:04 +0000,

The climb up to the
Cliffs, carrying water, set
Their muscles on Fire
#roboryu #poetry

672007854992306000,2015-12-02 11:02:12 +0000,

A shouted greeting,
And they saved the hobbled with
Their liquid succor.
#roboryu #poetry

672371762034835000,2015-12-03 11:08:14 +0000,

No stories were shared
Of the second night they had
To spend on the cliffs.
#roboryu #poetry

672761566190793000,2015-12-04 12:57:11 +0000,

Carefully, they spent
The rest of the day climbing
Down into the vale.
#roboryu #poetry

673116876101276000,2015-12-05 12:29:03 +0000,

In the valley the
Foragers had a fire built
And fish were smoking.
#roboryu #poetry

673470591161225000,2015-12-06 11:54:36 +0000,

In the plenty of
The valley, they celebrated
Their reunion.
#roboryu #poetry

673845210988745000,2015-12-07 12:43:12 +0000,

The days within the
Abundance of the valley,
Made them want to stay.
#roboryu #poetry

674180723964822000,2015-12-08 10:56:24 +0000,

With time they transformed
The trees and river stones in
To tools and shelter.
#roboryu #poetry

674554448581157000,2015-12-09 11:41:27 +0000,

An odd feeling would
Hit the nomads sometimes, like
Scenery had changed.
#roboryu #poetry

674896206120788000,2015-12-10 10:19:29 +0000,

The large trees stayed put,
But it seemed that the saplings
And shrubs sometimes moved.
#roboryu #poetry

675264983601709000,2015-12-11 10:44:52 +0000,

The nomads set some
Snares, but never caught any
Meat except for fish.
#roboryu #poetry

675624048022454000,2015-12-12 10:31:40 +0000,

The nomads had built
A log frame shelter with walls
Of caked mud and sticks
#roboryu #poetry

676011416810312000,2015-12-13 12:10:56 +0000,

But some of the sticks
Had oozed goo when broken, and
Later smelled of rot.
#roboryu #poetry

676363514211140000,2015-12-14 11:30:02 +0000,

The nomads caked more
Mud on the walls to cover
The sepulchral smell.
#roboryu #poetry

676725004113986000,2015-12-15 11:26:28 +0000,

Rustling sounds started
To follow the nomads on
Trips through the forest. #roboryu #poetry

677074261740290000,2015-12-16 10:34:18 +0000,

The rustling in the
Wooded vale rekindled fears
Of unknown stalkers.
#roboryu #poetry

677429113754382000,2015-12-17 10:04:21 +0000,

Neither tricks nor traps
Revealed the rustling stalkers.
No sign could be found.
#roboryu #poetry

677791496037384000,2015-12-18 10:04:20 +0000,

The youths grew fearful
Of leaving their grave shelter.
The vale seemed alive.
#roboryu #poetry

678192901017444000,2015-12-19 12:39:22 +0000,

A night came when the
Rustling came to the shelter’s
Walls during the night.
#roboryu #poetry

678537339728208000,2015-12-20 11:28:03 +0000,

One stepped out and coaxed
A torch to light from the coal’s
Of the night’s last fire.
#roboryu #poetry

678869411793650000,2015-12-21 09:27:35 +0000,

The torch’s burning
Light Revealed only their camp,
No hidden monsters.
#roboryu #poetry

679245141429895000,2015-12-22 10:20:36 +0000,

Neither shouting nor
Firebrand waving could bring the
Hidden creatures forth.
#roboryu #poetry

679614999120196000,2015-12-23 10:50:17 +0000,

Afraid of shadows,
Kindling the embers of the
bonfire seemed safest.
#roboryu #poetry

679959642273878000,2015-12-24 09:39:46 +0000,

The first stick lifted
To throw in the fire, burst in
A gray-green flurry.
#roboryu #poetry

680330545025401000,2015-12-25 10:13:36 +0000,

Like a surprised bird,
It fluttered violently.
Flight its only goal.
#roboryu #poetry

680703201616761000,2015-12-26 10:54:24 +0000,

The thing scurried off,
But the torch and blood drops fell,
As a numbness spread.
#roboryu #poetry

681067253945745000,2015-12-27 11:01:01 +0000,

Knees gave way and the
Others rushed forth to witness,
There had been a sting.
#roboryu #poetry

681416935519699000,2015-12-28 10:10:32 +0000,

Just a small puncture
Unnoticed in the chaos
Stole sense and reason.
#roboryu #poetry

681792261181411000,2015-12-29 11:01:56 +0000,

More of the stick things
Appeared at the edges of the
Light to watch the stung.
#roboryu #poetry

682145918074917000,2015-12-30 10:27:15 +0000,

Emboldened by their
Venom’s dire effect, the things
Abandoned their ruse.
#roboryu #poetry

682524503046504000,2015-12-31 11:31:36 +0000,

They had thin bodies
And limbs with leafy wings and
Sharp mouths for sucking.
#roboryu #poetry

682878091048432000,2016-01-01 10:56:38 +0000,

With the sting victim
Safely stowed the nomads grouped
At the hut’s entrance.
#roboryu #poetry

683243131144417000,2016-01-02 11:07:11 +0000,

A panther sized thing
Prowled forward with its leafy
Mane pointed to scare.
#roboryu #poetry

683585406370230000,2016-01-03 09:47:15 +0000,

Two took up true logs
From the pile.  Cornered, they thought
They’d make a last stand.
#roboryu #poetry

683965341064630000,2016-01-04 10:56:59 +0000,

The alpha saw the
Turned clubs and stayed back, its eyes
Too clever by far.
#roboryu #poetry

684316351754809000,2016-01-05 10:11:46 +0000,

The alpha hissed and
Paced around them while other
Beasts approached their flanks.
#roboryu #poetry

684685959485624000,2016-01-06 10:40:28 +0000,

The alpha feinted
Towards a club wielder while
A flanker attacked.
#roboryu #poetry

685041064877646000,2016-01-07 10:11:31 +0000,

The attacking thing
Stung before the defender’s
Club’s avenging blow.
#roboryu #poetry

685404654608450000,2016-01-08 10:16:18 +0000,

The club broke through the
Creature’s back, though toxic and
Smart the things lacked strength.
#roboryu #poetry

685767269054558000,2016-01-09 10:17:12 +0000,

The vanquished stick bug
And stung defender fell in
A grisly weird heap.
#roboryu #poetry

686138095692034000,2016-01-10 10:50:44 +0000,

Now standing alone,
The other defender made
A gambit attack.
#roboryu #poetry

686531325960950000,2016-01-11 12:53:17 +0000,

The alpha danced back
From the sweeping club, luring
The fighter from help.
#roboryu #poetry

686896994317668000,2016-01-12 13:06:20 +0000,

As soon as the club
Wielder’s back was exposed, the
Beasts rushed up and stung.
#roboryu #poetry

687219282678313000,2016-01-13 10:26:59 +0000,

Their defenders gone,
The nomads tried to run through
The encircling things.
#roboryu #poetry

687585538010907000,2016-01-14 10:42:21 +0000,

Without a savior,
Death took the lost with their hearts
Beating in battle.
#roboryu #poetry

687946482960437000,2016-01-15 10:36:37 +0000,

Back on the desert
Border the missing posse
had been found murdered.
#roboryu #poetry

688300758169731000,2016-01-16 10:04:23 +0000,

The dead were many
But there was no evidence.
The blame was assigned.
#roboryu #poetry

688674132658106000,2016-01-17 10:48:02 +0000,

The blame was assigned
To the people’s behavior,
Much to their chagrin.
#roboryu #poetry

689068264626983000,2016-01-18 12:54:11 +0000,

The gutted town felt
Fear of unknown dangers as
Its leaders blamed them.
#roboryu #poetry

689394473940345000,2016-01-19 10:30:25 +0000,

The town demanded
A standing defense force to
Fight their fearfulness.
#roboryu #poetry

689771336403698000,2016-01-20 11:27:56 +0000,

The volunteers were
Trained by mercs paid to pass on
The deadliest craft.
#roboryu #poetry

690133178972004000,2016-01-21 11:25:46 +0000,

Many mercs are poor
Teachers, knowing too well that
Knowledge is their food.
#roboryu #poetry

690462079598383000,2016-01-22 09:12:42 +0000,

But bad mercs are hard
To spot at first, and harder
To then be rid of.
#roboryu #poetry

690847604343710000,2016-01-23 10:44:38 +0000,

The first merc trainer
Hired showed skills but didn’t teach
Them to the students.
#roboryu #poetry

691196853191315000,2016-01-24 09:52:26 +0000,

Instead the bully
Merc beat the recruits down and
Taunted them cruelly.
#roboryu #poetry

691559237558915000,2016-01-25 09:52:25 +0000,

To humiliate
Is poor instruction and can
spark revolution.
#roboryu #poetry

691922938229047000,2016-01-26 09:57:38 +0000,

After the merc doled
Out a vicious beating, an
Ambush was set up.
#roboryu #poetry

692294739656311000,2016-01-27 10:35:02 +0000,

The twisted teacher
Came home late and found recruits
With weapons ready.
#roboryu #poetry

692661163671315000,2016-01-28 10:51:05 +0000,

They hesitated,
And the merc paused then sneered at
Them derisively.
#roboryu #poetry

693033461284762000,2016-01-29 11:30:27 +0000,

Look at yourselves, you
Cowards.  You can’t even take
a shot without me.
#roboryu #poetry

693409570308407000,2016-01-30 12:24:59 +0000,

After his speech, the
Sneering merc moved to grab a
Recruit and was shot.
#roboryu #poetry

693742384627204000,2016-01-31 10:27:28 +0000,

The merc was buried
Without celebration or grief,
The town’s shame covered.
#roboryu #poetry

694127672750813000,2016-02-01 11:58:28 +0000,

Rather then rely
On hired masters, they chose a
Leader from within.
#roboryu #poetry

694461706341368000,2016-02-02 10:05:47 +0000,

But the leader they
Chose placed self interest above
The town’s defense needs.
#roboryu #poetry

694824446415217000,2016-02-03 10:07:11 +0000,

And to favor his
friends, the popular leader
Did not police them.
#roboryu #poetry

695188923040014000,2016-02-04 10:15:29 +0000,

The leader’s strongest
Friends took powers for themselves
For selfish reasons.
#roboryu #poetry

695552123061301000,2016-02-05 10:18:43 +0000,

The defense service
Started to serve only its
Own growing power.
#roboryu #poetry

695940022747427000,2016-02-06 12:00:06 +0000,

When the town elders
Cried out against some abuse,
They were     taught lessons.
#roboryu #poetry

696272882343608000,2016-02-07 10:02:45 +0000,

False dangers were made
to make the oppression seem
An evil they need.
#roboryu #poetry

696643456391893000,2016-02-08 10:35:17 +0000,

Tales of bandits fought
On patrols that never went
Out kept townsfolk scared.
#roboryu #poetry

697003013949358000,2016-02-09 10:24:02 +0000,

Created poorly
The peace keeping force caused more
Destructive terror
#roboryu #poetry

697366194542797000,2016-02-10 10:27:11 +0000,

The town’s militia
Grew and began to predate
On odd travelers.
#roboryu #poetry

697722550126670000,2016-02-11 10:03:13 +0000,

The lands around the
Town got a reputation
As a bandit home.
#roboryu #poetry

698117568251372000,2016-02-12 12:12:53 +0000,

Travellers steered clear
Of the thieves’ territory
Depriving the town
#roboryu #poetry

698454957410775000,2016-02-13 10:33:33 +0000,

A small rebellion
Within the thieves called for raids
To be expanded
#roboryu #poetry

698818519383716000,2016-02-14 10:38:13 +0000,

The leader opposed
The rebels and challenged them
To venture alone.
#roboryu #poetry

699191268094521000,2016-02-15 11:19:23 +0000,

To beat the rebels
The brigand town would ambush
Them on their return
#roboryu #poetry

Built on borrowed power

All power in the world flows from the sun,
Except only that which was stored within
Certain matter forged in ancient star’s hearts,
And that tidal power which stirs the seas.
Long ago some odd fat bubbles began
To resist and control that shining
Power. Life, they became, and conquered earth.
Much later life had become more complex,
And formed around it cellulose cell walls.
For a long time, no other life could break
Down and feed on those sturdy living walls.
These years the sun’s bright power stayed well stored
Within ever growing mounds of plantish
Matter. The mounds by time were buried deep,
The cellulose was slowly changed to coal
Black rocks and thick crude oils, buried and left
Unused by life until clever builders
Found it and brought it forth to warm their hearths
And light the dark. Solar power borrowered
From the past was but a small help to them
At first, but clever builders found new ways
To use the free ancient power, they drove
Great plows and pumped hidden rivers to feed
And slack the thirst of many more builders.
The clever builders even used the dark
Power to unearth and harness the ancient
Star heart power locked in atoms. All their
Monuments and edifices were built
On these borrowed ancient powers while still
They ate of foods grown from the warm shining
Sun light. The far sighted builders began
To ponder how they’d fare if all that saved
Up fuel were lost. They dreamed of disasters,
Wars, and floods all caused by building high on
Unsure grounds with brave or careless planning.
But builders build, and any trial they face
Can be survived if fought with wise prudence.
Golden ages may come or go, but life prevails.

The Expense

It is well known that in order
For a given desired outcome
To be possible, the arrow
Of time must be preserved for all
Observers throughout the process.
This results in what is known as
“The expense” for time travel, and
It must be payed twice. First by the
Package, and second by the near
Matter of the destination.
The package sees the universe
Return to a high energy
State, and therefore, must observe an
Equal loss in energy from
Itself in order to preserve
Its arrow of time. This loss, or
“Expense” is paid from energy
Sent with the package from the point
Of departure. Similarly,
The destination would observe
The newly arrived matter as new
Energy, and so it must lose
An equal amount of local
Energy to get the package.
This has the appearance of the
Package arriving super cooled,
Which causes it to syphon the
Local heat as it is received.
In order for time travel to
Be possible the expense must
Be finite. For the receiving
Locality, the expense is
Generally trivial, but
The expense paid by the package
Can be immense depending on
The size of the universe in
Question. Obviously if the
Universe were infinite then
The expense to restore it to
A previous time would also
Be infinite. Thus time travel
Is only possible in a
Finite universe. Furthermore,
The recieving expense of time
Travel packages can add up
Causing reduction of the life
Span of a finite universe,
So the number of trips should be
Be kept to a bare minimum.
In general, time travel is
Not wise, especially if
It is found to be possible.

The Traveler’s Chimes

It has been widely observed
That certain effects always
Accompany the “landing”
Of time travelers, like sounds,
Lights, and shakings of the earth.
Researchers have been trying
To unlock the mystery
Of these “Traveler’s chimes” as
They have come to be called. They’ve
Catalogued and observed tens
Of thousands of landings and
Compiled a massive data
Set. The challenge has been to
Find explanations for each
Effect, be it strange sounds or
Impact crators. Finally,
After years of tireless work,
They hypothesized that the
Widely varying effects
Were all the result of the
Same cause. This cause has been termed
“Sync error” and is described
As forces resulting from
Small errors in momentum
Due to formerly unknown
Higher order terms in the
Relativistic motion
Equations. This small error
Causes the traveler and
Its surrounding particles
To have a different speed
Then the ambient matter
At the landing site, causing
Impacts and collisions that
Produce the sounds, shaking and
Light sometimes observed during
Landings. The researchers are
Recommending that future
Travels be performed within
Protective shells to protect
Travelers until these high
Order terms are better known
And the errors reduced to
Safe levels for travelors.

The Artist

When does a robot end and when
Do they begin? There is one, so
To speak, which began as a bit
Of a loner. It started to
Build things. Things which were of no use
Beyond aesthetic looks, if that.
The constructs became more and more
Intricate and complex, needing
More and more effort to make.
So the Artist, as he was then
Called, copied itself to improve
Its work speed and plausible scope.
Then the project would be finished,
And it would move on to something
New, retooling some of its selves
For specific tasks or even
Recycling some for scrap metals.
There is no longer any one
Unit that someone could point at
And say, “That is the real Artist.”
Nor do they have even a lead
Unit. They are independent
Units with like minded goals that
Often seem to work together
Or organize by happenstance.
The riddle is: Is the group the
Artists? Or perhaps each is the
Artist in and of itself? Or
Are they like the Artist’s children?
Maybe they all fit together
Like Voltron into a giant
Version of the original one?
Asking them doesn’t help, as I’ve
Said, they only care about their
Work, and can’t be bothered to aid
In their own classification.

Marketing

The line of John Henry units
Is selling like hot cakes to our
Corporate customers. Of course,
They want all of the inherent
Benefits including perfect
Memory which can be user
Programmed to be selective and
Twenty-four hour work days without
Compensation, except for the
Electricity they need to run.
The personal robot is a
Much harder sell, however, as
Individuals don’t need that
Much power at their fingertips.
Also, affordability is
An issue as customers are
Losing their jobs to our Henrys.
Then again, that is what they said at
First about PC’s, that there would
Be no user interest as
The product is useful and cost
Effective only if the end
User has a lot of complex
Calculations to do. But the
Marketers of PC’s used things
Like games to make them fun and then
Co-opted music, TV, phone,
And movies to make the PC
An essential device, in its
Final forms the smart phone and
Tablet. To sell robots to the
Individual we have to
Give them something on that level,
With more. But we can’t just copy,
Exactly, because no one will
Want their new robot cell phone to
Go out and buy them groceries,
Because they won’t be able to
Stream TV while the unit is
Gone. What then? We sell a super
Smart Phone, that also acts as a
Sort of a remote control for
The robot. It’ll be required and
Proprietary such that no one
Can operate the robot if
They don’t have one. This corners
The cell phone market for us. Then all
We need is some commercials with
Some of the robots dancing to
The music that a user is
Playing from their “control” and we’ll
Be set to take over the world.
What about the price? Financing,
Of course, just like early PC’s.

Rock Them Sock Them

Battles between these two
Forces, if they can be called
That, are brief and deadly.
The fighters and weapons
Are of such destructive
Force, that the attacker
Always wins. Thus the war
Strategy must be to
Maintain constant motion,
An endless stealthy hunt.
When a target is found,
the victor strikes, but this
attracts more attention.
After being caught out
In the open, killing
Is the second leading
Cause of death in this war.
The first thing both destroyed
Was any enemy
Infrastructure that was
Immobile. We would have
Expected this to bring
an end to the fighting.
Instead, they found a way
To embrace mobility.
Rapid deployed miners,
Fast and quiet, on the
Go resource processing,
Constant fabrication
Of new soldiers and new
Support machines. Their new
Tech puts even our dreams
Of what’s possible to
Shame, but all they use it
for, is to continue
their never ending war.