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Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes


Trapped in a nightmare
The kind where you wake up

Screaming
Flick a switch


An under ground bunker



At eye level a
Wide

Curved

Window


Thick as a dam

Beyond the magic barrier stretched

Outside

Not scrub, no tracks, no end

Until the curve of the planet


Dust

Only dust

No wind


Twilight

No sun, no rain, no colours, no sound


Dust

Just dust


At waist level under the magic mirror

A silver panel
Lights and gauges and switches and knobs and...


Two large


Irresistible


;-)



Buttons


Big buttons


Bright buttons


"Look Mom!


My buttons!"


One red

One green

Stop Go
Stop
Go


1

2

1

2



The panel blinks softly

A soothing display


A benign...bland...panorama


No sound


Not a beep bong or twitter



Stop
Go
 
Stop
Go



1

2

1

2



Gauges flutter

Screens flicker and glow

Multi-coloured lights

Twinkle...........
.........................................
..........
.........
.......................

And then fade

And the two large buttons

One red

One green

Stop

Go

Go

Stop


2

1

1

2



One red


One green


Go

1

1

2

2


Stop

Go

Stop

Go

Stop
..







Dust



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