The Variable Machine, 2004

The Variable Machine.
To turn it on, just press play.
PLAY:
What would you like to do today?
Be happy and successful, and serene?
SELECT AN OPTION FROM THE SCREEN.
BOOKMARKS:
Those days with what’s her face,
saved in the folder HAPPY PLACE.

LOADING.
Would you like to see your mother,
or your father, or some other?
A random face that you once saw?
LOOKING FOR FATHER …
File not found.
Would you like to see a friend,
some beginning or some end?
SELECT A SCENE
ON THE VARIABLE MACHINE.
Dream a dream on the dream machine!
Or, let us choose for you.
For all the melancholic’s out there,
a misery machine is available too.

Forget your worries! Forget your fear!
An all new happy machine is here!
SELECT A MOOD FROM THE MENU:
Select a glass of wine.
INPUT:
Know that you’re just a cog,
in the misery machine of mine.
Just a cog behind the screen,
sifting through vague probabilities,
on the VARIABLE MACHINE.
Project the future!
Explore the past, with ease!

One moment here, perhaps?
And there?

Or a long nothing spent no where?

 

JUST PLUG IN TO YOUR NEW FRIEND!
He’ll always be with you.

You can treat him as you wish,
and he will never betray:
get tired of him? Just press DELETE.
The prior man is obsolete!
DOWNLOAD THE UPGRADE.
Just press play.
Choose the words for him to say:
I love you and remember—
the way we used to play?
You can’t set a date for forever.

You can escape the Siren’s song,
but their silence, never.
DIAGNOSIS: FUCKED.
You just have a fever.
We may be able to treat this.
Try to stay busy.
Don’t think about it.
We’ll do the worrying for you.

LOOKING FOR REASON …
File not found.
Only syllables to express:
The only thing that means a thing,
is that which means itself.
THE WASTING SYNDROME:
synonym life.
And meaning is no cure.

 

LOOKING FOR MEANING …

File not found.

Every why expires,
as does every question asked.
PRESS ENTER TO SEE YOUR PAST.

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