The Stepwise Palace - a FSVO sequence
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By such a narrow pathway leading east
That we perforce must walk in single file
Between steep cliffs of ice. Here was the least
Of generations, winnowed by the trial
Of long volcanic winter. From the isle
Sumatra, covering the planet’s face
With dust and ash, rising many a mile
From TOBA, reaching to the verge of space:
Thy shadow long, that near snuffed out the human race.