Beauty and Terror (Based on Herbert and Isle)

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In their bleak reality


All that remains


Is an unlikely pair


The bird and the machine


 


The bird


Faced with mortality


Finds itself afraid


Of the uncertainty of death


 


The machine


Faced with immortality


Finds itself longing


For the end of its existence


 


Each wanting what the other has


They set out on a quest to change


To defy destiny


To achieve the impossible


 


The machine


With intellect far beyond a living being


Discovered the secret of life


A way to alter reality through death


 


The bird


Found no fault in the machine's idea


Blinded by the promise of immortality


Yet with beauty there is always terror


 


The machine


Gave its life


So the bird


Could live on in its place


 


The bird


Soon realized that death


Was not something to fear


Loneliness is a fate far worse than death


 


The bird


Slowly losing all hope


Returned to its friend


Resting on its shoulder for eternity


 


The bird


Never blamed the machine


The machine had been courageous


It had strength when the bird did not


 


The bird


Looking down at the machine


Noticed a small button


It said, 'reset'


 


The machine


Who had faced the horrors of death


Turned to face the bird


 


The bird


Who had lived a thousand lives


Met the gaze of the machine


 


The unlikely pair


Seeing the world anew


Realized that their reality


Was beautiful

Created: Apr 15, 2014

Tags: herbert, isle, poem, beauty, story, bird, terror, machine

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