The Art of Dying Well

by Cytokine Storm

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1.
i fear this nature this mindless god brimming with power signifying nothing eta carinae stomach of this blind god eta carinae devour and explode the weight of countless atoms shining bright as one a testament to entropy the star contracts the past implodes time bends and breaks nothing unfolds eta carinae stomach of this blind god eta carinae devour and explode the weight of countless atoms shining bright as one a testament to entropy look to the skies confirm the men shall fall all shall be undone the heavens shall crush us all close your eyes close your eyes breathe your last now, don't fear child and now all will never know here comes the rain from above the sky will this profane cloud cover be enough?
2.
we left just to escape we never imagined all this wind and all this rain all our hopes have surely felled us we can't swim forever and this tiny lifeboat is all that we can cling to can't drink the water but god it's so hard we're already so thirsty the storm came so quickly we were caught still drunk with sleep the boat capsized so easily rigging torn by wind and waves errant lines snap and whirl through air errant arms flayed, we all stare screams of pain no help will hear but bleeding wounds call hungry sharks can't drink the water, the water is poison sharks are all around my raft, i cannot even think can't drink the water, the water is poison floating in the poison beating sun is maddening can't drink the water, the water is poison lost all hope of rescue i'm too scared to sleep can't drink the water, the water is poison cannibals surround me, i start to sink we cling to each other hoping for rescue praying for change the waiting drives us mad we cannot withhold the thirst we can't drink the water the water is poison we drink anyway and we succumb to madness saltwater makes you crazy dried out neurons burst in your brain we all hallucinate she speaks in tongues, she bleeds in spades she says that god promises rescue she chooses madness over despair she dies and we are rescued they think it's a miracle they see god's compassion but i see only god's hate
3.
Thrust 05:32
thrust i'll take the blame but don't use my name you've got your needles i've got 19 ways to self-medicate you're not part of the problem, you're part of the shame i know all of my excuses are like flowers on the grave oh no no mostly i'll take all the blame thrust i'll take the blame but don't use my name all of my treasons calculated trust me i am ok i'll be practicing lies while i'm slipping away i found a way to fix me without changing a thing i built a lie big enough to live in i've got this monkey on my back doing just fine (surely we're more than flesh) got to have more one to forget (surely we're more than flesh) one to ignore need a disease (surely we're more than flesh) to go with my cure why is my god (surely we're more than flesh) so hard to please? thrust i'll take the blame but don't use my name
4.
fire up the beam turn off the lights fill the coffee pot no one's gonna die is the sensor on? don't mind the buzz the magnets are fine just a routine alarm frightened by the thought of black holes forming by the thousand they collapse upon themselves and leave the universe that wrought them as we quantify the moment that unfolded from the order of a singularity that couldn't keep it all together we'll know much more when we collide (nuclei at the speed of light) detectors are all on and primed (we've got physicists on every side) i might even question wisdom of our focus on beginnings my colleagues in the past ignore future implications focus on the source of a fundamental order (don't you fucking move, i'm about to science) frightened by the thought of black holes forming by the thousand they collapse upon themselves and leave the universe that wrought them as we quantify the moment that unfolded from the order of a singularity that couldn't keep it all together start the data stream look them each in the eye it's not every day you win a nobel prize fire up the beam no one's gonna die all eyes on the screen i might even cry we'll know much more when we collide (nuclei at the speed of light) detectors are all on and primed (don't you fucking move, i'm about to science) a little faster and then we'll align the beams accelerate accelerate
5.
can you hear? i hope you're listening because i've been thinking about the ocean between you and me my ears strain to hear the calling of shores beyond the seas crashing waves no answer brings and i criticized temptation to sew discord and you treat my supplication with disregard i lie many times to myself when i was ignored tell me why you hide even walls return echoes and i fall i fall on my knees as the words compose i call questions unanswered from long ago i laugh at it all the silence is golden just like idols even walls even the walls they return echoes are you near? silence is deafening are you partial to the madmen who search for the rocks to fling? is it just the intermission between act two and three? i'll hold applause until the fat man sings and i criticized temptation to sow discord and you treat my supplication with disregard i lie many times to myself when i was ignored tell me why you hide even walls return echoes and i fall i fall on my knees as the words compose i call questions unanswered from long ago i laugh at it all the silence is golden just like idols even walls even the walls they return echoes even the walls they return echoes waiting, waiting anticipating i'll break down can't keep this rage in on this stage we play the villain bite your tongue we'll keep on killing even the walls they return echoes
6.
The Family 04:59
"the peons ask me questions i speak out the side of my mouth the truth is not for these tiny people i'm ordained, not elected" i've had about enough of your theocratic paradigms fuck your new world order and your narcissistic grand designs if you want your god to rule then he owes us one reply why does he turn a blind eye while you sponsor genocide? "my mistakes have become holy my scandal without sin i know i can do anything the proof is in my power" you can wash your hands but the blood remains on parted lips i will not abide by your subterfuge and honor fifths i will call you out as you roast me on your fire spits you'll be roasting with me you self-righteous hypocrites if you're the new chosen then call me your prophet the emperor's naked and so are his subjects crimes are not sanctioned by virtue of office i don't give a damn who breaks out in stigmata so it goes stop raping my country, now everyone knows "i am ordained"
7.
i the half evolved have only a mind for crocodile tears can't know the simple machine of my brain can only lie and claim i'm more than my simian body i am a tribal creature with monkey needs and our vast numbers mean nothing to me i am the architect of our steel world and conquered skies electricity medicine holy wars and fratricide i the half evolved see humanity only in my tribe my brain can't no the cope of these distant deaths animal defect strips me of my pretensions raise all your guns look them in the eye fire all at once it's just some other tribe i am a god smiting the unworthy i am a monkey playing at god playing at god
8.
children to my side and lament your father's crimes he put your sisters' arms in chains hid your brothers from the light from chaos your father came and his malevolent reign must end the godlings all stood quiet only kronos gave reply "gaia, grant my scythe ensure the blade is fine for the children that you hold dear the old god must die" "father my kin cut at thy flesh what must be done i will be king" "i will be king i will rule everything kronos lay in hide awaiting the signal to strike gaia raised her hand and kronos swung his scythe uranus lay maimed deposed and gelded by his child from his blood the furies sprang and the new king let out a cry "gaia from this day will rise your knees for all mankind my reign for endure for the whole of time but i'll keep my scythe" "i am the king" uranus - he replied "your mother keeps secrets from you and your kind destiny, all in time your children will rise up and take what was mine" gaia sighed, howled, and grieved "though you answered in my time of need like your father before he did fall your name will not be remembered at all" kronos - he roared "grasping words from a eunuch and whore your son not so weak as a father who dares not speak" and then kronos avowed to consume his children not long after they left the womb he kept his word, to the last he devoured them all save one
9.
had a pain in neck kept me up last night could mean nothing but something will kill me yet this bag of flesh and bones seems like no temple how can i be at ease with my mind trapped in such biology? from mouth to puckered anus this flesh will rot no comfort in science or religion in the face of that hypochondriac imagined heart attack say what you want to but this flesh will rot this flesh will rot this bag of flesh and bones seems like no temple how can i be at ease with my mind trapped in such biology? from mouth to puckered anus this flesh will rot no comfort in science or religion in the face of that fix on irrational thoughts that i have some plague avoid the resolution that right or wrong, it's all the same i can't breathe
10.
Collider 05:01
fire up the beam turn off the lights fill the coffee pot no one's gonna die is the sensor on? don't mind the buzz the magnets are fine just a routine alarm frightened by the thought of black holes forming by the thousand they collapse upon themselves and leave the universe that wrought them as we quantify the moment that unfolded from the order of a singularity that couldn't keep it all together we'll know much more when we collide (nuclei at the speed of light) detectors are all on and primed (we've got physicists on every side) i might even question wisdom of our focus on beginnings my colleagues in the past ignore future implications focus on the source of a fundamental order (don't you fucking move, i'm about to science) frightened by the thought of black holes forming by the thousand they collapse upon themselves and leave the universe that wrought them as we quantify the moment that unfolded from the order of a singularity that couldn't keep it all together start the data stream look them each in the eye it's not every day you win a nobel prize fire up the beam no one's gonna die all eyes on the screen i might even cry we'll know much more when we collide (nuclei at the speed of light) detectors are all on and primed (don't you fucking move, i'm about to science) a little faster and then we'll align the beams accelerate accelerate
11.
can you hear? i hope you're listening because i've been thinking about the ocean between you and me my ears strain to hear the calling of shores beyond the seas crashing waves no answer brings and i criticized temptation to sew discord and you treat my supplication with disregard i lie many times to myself when i was ignored tell me why you hide even walls return echoes and i fall i fall on my knees as the words compose i call questions unanswered from long ago i laugh at it all the silence is golden just like idols even walls even the walls they return echoes are you near? silence is deafening are you partial to the madmen who search for the rocks to fling? is it just the intermission between act two and three? i'll hold applause until the fat man sings and i criticized temptation to sow discord and you treat my supplication with disregard i lie many times to myself when i was ignored tell me why you hide even walls return echoes and i fall i fall on my knees as the words compose i call questions unanswered from long ago i laugh at it all the silence is golden just like idols even walls even the walls they return echoes even the walls they return echoes waiting, waiting anticipating i'll break down can't keep this rage in on this stage we play the villain bite your tongue we'll keep on killing even the walls they return echoes
12.
had a pain in neck kept me up last night could mean nothing but something will kill me yet this bag of flesh and bones seems like no temple how can i be at ease with my mind trapped in such biology? from mouth to puckered anus this flesh will rot no comfort in science or religion in the face of that hypochondriac imagined heart attack say what you want to but this flesh will rot this flesh will rot this bag of flesh and bones seems like no temple how can i be at ease with my mind trapped in such biology? from mouth to puckered anus this flesh will rot no comfort in science or religion in the face of that fix on irrational thoughts that i have some plague avoid the resolution that right or wrong, it's all the same i can't breathe

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