Notes for My Successor–Welcome Aboard
Avoid grappling with sentient cargo.
If it tries to escape, just back down the
oscillation and see what happens.
For the spin things will inhabit, cold stars
will do if they can follow instructions
and are disarmed. That last part is important.
Unlike the improvised sealant, the
official sealant is unstable
even at modest speeds.
Permission has not been granted to enter
the tunnel. Nonetheless, at night we hear
someone in there making an infernal
racket rearranging the ephemera.
The “questions and suggestions are welcome”
box outside the cafeteria is
management’s early warning system
for insubordination. Don’t ask. Don’t suggest.
The ergot problem has been acknowledged and
will be monitored. Volunteers are needed
to ingest sundry foodstuffs that may or may not
be contaminated. Volunteering
Blowback trumps everything but weather.
Ignore gossip about the cook and the
entertainment. Even without all their
sockets, they are lovely to observe
operating their frilly appendages
and chasing the good-natured scullions.
In open air, measures quicken and may
skew penumbral estimates. Use the slide rule.
You will not get a raise.
No matter how you engineer it,
the scatter will show which stations
to abandon. Ten seconds.
BTW the timer is broken.
By the time we get there, our love will be
so far away its light will have panned out
into sectors to which we have no access.
Asking for additional orbits will only
make them laugh. Go ahead. Try it.
The key to the plasma storage cabinet
was already missing when I got here.
Regardless of what the gauges indicate,
nothing in the universe loves a lock.
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