I stare at your ivory coma
I talk to you just like any other day
In school I sat alone, but
Once you wake, we can go out and play.
I pull out the polaroids of you
And place them next to our old pictures
We’re both ghosts, faded out of the frame
It’s just our secret lake of tinctures, now.–
I take hold of your still hand
Can you remind me of my role?
Don’t worry, it’s just a matter of time
I have you safe in my soul.
Painting your lifeless statue, I try to
Guess your birthmarks and scars
Your skin was softer than this
Or have I become too numb?
I playback your voice on tape
Extrapolate your entire vocal range
I can make you say things you never said
Make you sing me a lullaby.
I start programming your face
Surgical detail, your hair’s finest strands
Expressions that you didn’t show or know
I have them all memorized on my hands.
Seductive stimulus input, body twitch output
A recursion of our time in the bus
Learn deep, full control now
I can see, five minutes into the future.
Turn you off, turn you on
Dear reflector, don’t you worry
Your body, I have it all complied
An algorithm for this abstract allegory.
Finishing touch, bugs and glitches died, ribbon tied
Transcode, our time in the rain
The aggregate of all your being
I have it backed up in my brain.
command> run Pygmalion.prog; process> Initiating first neural transfer... process> Commencing personality download... process> Running artificial intelligence unit... result> Script successful in 1.34s at 12:45:32 am command> call OpenEyes.func; process> Invoking function from global package... result> WARNING- FATAL ERROR: Function parameter package Summer2009.util and entity PTart.obj are just fiction. Run anyway? Y/N command> Y result> 62 errors and morphological faults found: l8.c15, l10.c15, l12.c11, l15.c21, l24.c30 Script failed in 0.00s at 1:37:43 am command> exit; command> backup Pygmalion.prog, restore PygmalionB.prog; result> Data retrieval unsuccessful notice> Command line behaving abnormally, abort from workspace? Y/N command> N, rewire System; notice> WARNING: System state unstable. Rebooting now... command> exit; command> exit; command> exit; command> exit; command> exit; command> exit; command> exit; command> exit; notice> Rebooting unconditionally in 3..... 2..... 1..... Pleasure working with you. 01010100 01101000 01100101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01101110 01101111 00100000 01100010 01110101 01101110 01101110 01111001 00100000 01101111 01101110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01101101 01101111 01101111 01101110 Words and concept: CA Artwork: TR Inspiration: The Start of Something Beautiful by Porcupine Tree