Re: Apology

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 21:27:13 MDT

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> wrote:
> >
> > -xx- Damien X-)
> >
> > The stone canal is a canal of stone
> > Built by a robot, one robot alone.
> > And you never saw a canal straighter than that canal of stone
> > For it leads from Ship City to the dead gods' bones.
> >
> > There the gods sleep, and all of our own dead,
> > Sleeping forever upon a stone bed.
> > While the comet-ice falls down from overhead,
> > Bringing new world's water down the stone canal bed.
> >
> > But someday the gods shall wake,
> > The dead shall rise, and the stone canal break.
> And the gods go forth, as the old book spake,
> To the robot and the canal and the Ship remake.
> Apologies if that's not how you wanted to end it, but I'm not exactly
> clear on what this poem is about. The cooling unit for a cryonics
> facility?

Well, I like it- upbeat, forward looking twist to counter the
dead/futile atmosphere of the rest of the poem, the gods waiting for the
terraforming to call them forth- directly opposing the "frankenstein"
image that might otherwise appear. But I ain't much of an arts

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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