Peter Milne Greiner

SANDIA

 

THIS PLACE IS A MESSAGE…AND PART OF A SYSTEM OF MESSAGES…PAY ATTENTION TO IT

 

Study departure        Again departure

and often         Creation

and often            Trust us

 

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SENDING THIS MESSAGE WAS IMPORTANT TO US WE CONSIDERED OURSELVES TO BE A POWERFUL CULTURE

 

Our departures         Autoglyph

Thoughtfully            Desperately

Touch our lost letter

Stay and learn about leaving

 

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THIS PLACE IS NOT A PLACE OF HONOR…NO HIGHLY ESTEEMED DEED IS COMMEMORATED HERE…NOTHING VALUED IS HERE

 

What the opposite      What the wonder

Form                  And take

I deprive you                 Inheritor

Heart rate

The chamber and pipe model that determines the throat

Determine sleep Cunning Advantage

Determine escape hatch

 

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WHAT IS HERE IS DANGEROUS AND REPULSIVE TO US THIS MESSAGE IS A WARNING ABOUT DANGER

 

Pin

Pin

Fear

Departure

Pin     Author

 

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THE DANGER IS IN A PARTICULAR LOCATION…IT INCREASES TOWARD A CENTER…THE CENTER OF DANGER IS HERE…OF A PARTICULAR SIZE AND SHAPE, AND BELOW US

 

Polysemous burials     Changing acts

Our core     Harm     Valley

Quest     GrailPromises

Museum is an old word, too

It means house of dilemmas

 

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THE DANGER IS STILL PRESENT, IN YOUR TIME, AS IT WAS IN OURS

 

Fool’s plutonoium

There is only one time

If you have broken the (roughly)

Barrier Barrier

Perhaps you have

We meant magic lamp

We meant touch

Perish

 

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THE DANGER IS TO THE BODY, AND IT CAN KILL

 

Neat catalog

In what you discover

was once called usage

No use for that now

No use for depiction

No use for body

 

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THE FORM OF THE DANGER IS AN EMANATION OF ENERGY

 

Nature

Our folk technology

Our terragram

Runs

It runs with the fountain

 

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THE DANGER IS UNLEASHED ONLY IF YOU SUBSTANTIALLY DISTURB THIS PLACE PHYSICALLY. THIS PLACE IS BEST SHUNNED AND LEFT UNINHABITED

 

What is here

Came from what

Oblique distance

Assume you

Hope you

Irrelevant commandment

Save the opening of this one

Save it

Until the last second

Until the absolute last

Reasonably possible hope for hope is lost

I will teach you an art

Of surrender along the way

 

Text in caps in “SANDIA” is lifted from a report by Sandia National Laboratories entitled “Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant,” created by Kathleen M. Trauth, Stephen C. Hora, and Robert V. Guzowski. A PDF of the full report can be accessed at http://prod.sandia.gov/techlib/access-control.cgi/1992/921382.pdf.


 

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PETER MILNE GREINER is the author of Executive Producer Chris Carter (The Operating System 2014). His poetry, science fiction, and other writings have appeared in Motherboard, Fence, SciArt In America, Coldfront, Dark Mountain, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, and blogs at kurremkarmerruk.tumblr.com.

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