The Stepwise Palace - a FSVO sequence
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Take us now far from this tipping point
Into a future, cavernous, dim, with stink
Ammoniack and rank: without joint,
All smooth our round enclosure, nacre-pink,
This is the cockpit: see, the pilots think
And their great living vessel does obey.
The bladder closes round us and we sink
Or rise as it expands: in this far day
Such living submarines will ply their finny way.