The Stepwise Palace - a FSVO sequence
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Downward to a well sunk deep below
The ocean’s surface, in a rattling cage
Of iron bars— here, as white as snow,
In ice is trapped, by pressure and long age,
A treasure and a peril: history’s page
May show this methane, product of the sun,
As worthy of our poor descendants’ rage
As we may be. Let it not be undone,
A fearful form of feedback, this, the CLATHRATE-GUN.