Ashes to Ashes


Trapped in a nightmare

The kind where you wake up

Screaming

Flick a switch



An underground 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

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