Will You Ask To Live?
An illustration for Victory Condition by @astolat
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.Will you ask to live?
You will. You know you will.
When the hand closes on your throat, when the ash thickens your breath, you will ask, and ask again—
What promises will you make, when your shining dome comes down, that you withheld to see it rise?
Will you still value its bright curve, steel and stone, higher than a breath in freedom?
What will you then want more than the unbound hand and the open mouth?
Make ready your offers and your bargains. Breathe. Breathe now
Excerpt from The Sacrifice of Violence and Other Poems (translated from the Tarn dialect of Cybertronian) by the Voice of Tarn. (via astolat)