Thursday, 7 February 2019

recursive

In memoriam: sian pearl, d. 2016. 

Recursion
If you're going to survive,
You have to develop a system,
Because you want to stay alive.
If you're going to survive
You mustn't let them drive
You mad, though you'll miss them.
If you're going to survive,
You have to develop a system.

Tomorrow
This is the best possible world of all.
I'll go on ahead and wait for you
To catch up with me, and I'll say when you call
This is the best possible world of all
The ways probabilities might fall
And in its endless merging of old and new
This is the best possible world of all.
I'll go on ahead and wait for you.

Inversion
I used to sing gladly of the glory of God
But I sang out of tune, and I fell:
I sang of rough love - spare the child, spoil the rod -
I used to sing gladly of the glory of God
And dance, but I doubted, I started to plod,
And I stumbled into a new Hell;
I used to sing gladly of the glory of God
But I sang out of tune, and I fell.

Recursion
My mind is locked in an infinite recursion;
I'm programmed to do what I'm told to do
Ever since I underwent the conversion,
My mind is locked in an infinite recursion;
Now it is upgraded to a more efficient version,
I will be of use - I will be of use to you.
My mind is locked in an infinite recursion;
I'm programmed to do what I'm told to do.

Perversion
This won't hurt a bit,
If only you'll hold still -
If you shut your mouth and sit
This won't hurt a bit.
The wounds they'll scar, they'll knit
Like you were never ill.
This won't hurt a bit -
If only you'll hold still.

Sorrow
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions
And I always intended the best.
It almost seems too obvious to mention:
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
But I decided a life of virtue and abstention
Was only really for the blessed.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions
And I always intended the best.

Recursion
I could dance in this place forever.
This world has changed, has wholly seduced me,
Lost, my links with the old I am longing to sever.
I could dance in this place forever:
I feel so perfect, so clear, so clever -
Since you brought me here, since you introduced me
I could dance in this place forever.
This world has changed, has wholly seduced me.

Tomorrow
This must be brought to an end.
I will see you again tomorrow
And say, although I am your friend
This must be brought to an end:
While decisions like these can tend
To be broken by doubting and sorrow,
This must be brought to an end.
I will see you again tomorrow

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