Linear time is so overrated

beyond the eastern cliffs
lives a tired magician
wizened greybeard
no longer looking for answers
not because he found any
but because
the mud was alive
clay instructed
again constructed
built in machinery
generative scenery
hatching a plot
that went something like...

boy meets girl
at the end of the world
run the tape in reverse
find each act rehearsed
researched and planned
five moves ahead
unwind the mind
game's up, reboot, rewind.

bail out the mothership
all hands to the pump and dump
no entry bookkeeping
transact subprime factor fission reactor
``there's a commodity derivative imbalance
in your cranium and I've just the solution''
(quoth the magician)
relit flames
misfit games
broken chains
taking pains
feeding brains
needing change
catalyst
you're not on the list
not coming in
barred
charred
bard
beard turned black
the plot thickens...

boy meets girl
at the end of the world
run the tape in reverse
find each act rehearsed
researched and planned
five moves ahead
unwind the mind
game's up, reboot, rewind.

four square twenty seven
cube of bricks
counting tricks
small nicks and cuts
towards the real blend of
rational irrational
slice and dice
rolling double six
free parking forever
in this static monopoly
frozen
dozing
transfixed by glazed stories high
bank on bloodied knuckles
all belt and no trousers
rabble rousers
carousers
``come to the carousel''
ride a wooden horse
that bucks you off
at the perpetual bend
the eventual trend
flatlines
steamrollered entropy
was it meant to be?

boy meets girl
at the end of the world
run the tape in reverse
find each act rehearsed
researched and planned
five moves ahead
unwind the mind
game's up, reboot, rewind.

boy meets girl
at the end of the world
run the tape in reverse
machine chews it up
tangled mess of magnetic media
irreparably ripped
and creased
cassette deceased
magician released
peace.