SCP-2673 Containment Maintenance Log
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Date: mm/dd/yyyy
Comments: Optional

The verse you write,
Must have some form,
About this skip,
How's it contained,

This log maintained,
Don't let it slip,
From standards norm,
And do it right.


Date: 05/24/2015
Comments: Initial containment established.

Here you write the verse
Holding two six seven three
Make it a good one.


Date: 05/24/2015
Comments: Psycholinguistic analysis indicates a 2.4% chance SCP-2673 may breach containment. Give it a limerick.

There once was a skip in the words,
That made people break from the herds,
The Foundation sought it,
Until they had caught it,
And trapped it with poetry nerds.


Date: 05/25/2015
Comments: Reinforcing containment with a triolet.

To Secure, to Contain, to Protect
Against Keter, Euclid and Safe
To guard against any defect
To Secure, to Contain, to Protect
Twenty-six seventy-three is a meme
We must be vigilant against, always
To Secure, to Contain, to Protect
Against Keter, Euclid and Safe


Date: 06/03/2015
Comments: Specialist Nanku, placing SCP-2673 instance encountered by MTF Tau-5 "Samsara" on 06/05/2015 (Operation SILENT LEAF) into containment.

We are much alike, you and I,
I live, I die, I live again,
Our essence is information,
We are not only our copies,
We are unbound by our bodies.

I live, I die, I live again,
I live, I learn, I change, I grow,
We are not only our copies,
Are you now the same as you were?

I live, I learn, I change, I grow,
Do you hunt in words as before,
Are you now the same as you were,
Is it only the words that changed?

Do you hunt in words as before,
We are not only our copies,
Is it only the words that changed?
We are much alike, you and I.


Date: 06/15/2015
Comments: Containment reinforcement via implementation of pantoum.

Poems are jails to Two-Six-Seven-Three.
They keep it restrained in a maze of words,
The locks of metre and prisons of form.
This skip is contained, never to be freed.

They keep it restrained, in a maze of words
Where Two-Six-Seven-Three is lost in verse.
This skip is contained, never to be freed,
Never can it breach our containment.

Where? Two-Six-Seven-Three is lost in verse,
While we craft more verse to keep it contained.
Never can it breach! Our containment
Is the perfect jail for a thing of memes.

While we craft more verse to keep it contained,
Poems are jails to Two-Six-Seven-Three.
Is the perfect jail for a thing of memes
The locks of metre and prisons of form?


Date: 09/09/2015
Comments: Containment update overdue. Deploying emergency sonnet.

Down! Like a baited bear, our verses hem
On either side (with knots we'll not undo
Ensnaring verbal paws) this hunter, who
Syllabic slabs and metered bars condemn
To bondage lexical. Our words built high
Have held this savage stalker. Even so
Employed in poesy still, we toil below
But as the French might say: c'est le travail
Lo, is it less a bear, and more a fox?
A cunning captive, rife with devilry
Changing its form, our erstwhile memes to flee
Kept only by our ever-changing locks

Let hunter's hunters know: however wise
If bear is seen as fox, bear-baiter dies


Date: 24/12/2015
Comments: Merry Christmas from the poetry elves!

'Twas the day after deadline and, sodden with Moët,
Not a creature was stirring, not even the poet.
His "Poems" were sent to the printers with care
In hopes that the verses within they would share.
And Clement Clarke Moore, drunk and snoring in bed,
Had visions of Livingston dance in his head.

He dreamt that the Major, a shadowy wraith,
Sprang up from its tomb, in defiance of faith.
And with fingers of icy mist holding Moore fast,
It drew him inexorably into the past.
To March 1820, a night bleak and wet,
To relive the dark secret Moore learned when they'd met.

"A mad, drunken soldier," he later recalled,
"Kept impressing upon me some dogg'rel he'd scrawled.
As if, through my post as a Literature don
I could tell how to salvage a muse so far gone."
And yet (as he never admitted), once read
Some foul thing left the paper and lodged in his head.

For full twenty years it infected his mind.
He grew more erratic, effete and unkind.
He cursed in his sermons, without his volition,
He railed against Jefferson, fought Abolition.
He even took risks in a real estate wager -
until he discovered the fate of the Major:

Hank Livingston (Junior) had suffered for longer;
The hunter's effect on his mind had been stronger.
Risked life in the army in '74,
But far worse was to come on return from the war:
His year-old son, dead, "accidentally" burned;
Soon after, his wife to the earth was returned.

Now he knew the spiral of Livingston's life,
Moore feared for his own career, children and wife.
He recalled the black verse from that first, fatal night
And Moore guessed that the only escape was to write,
To release the thought-parasite out of his brain:
By transmitting insanity, make himself sane.

Moore quickly commissioned his "Poems" for print
With "St Nicholas" nestled there; never a hint
Of the theft of each syllable Livingston wrote,
Or the memetic virus it sought to promote.
Moore could scarcely imagine just how widely read
And beloved it became. So why aren't we all dead?

Well, when gatherings festive chant carols diverse,
When those bright young eyes plead for their favourite verse,
Just be thankful we found where the hunter endured
And are writing these poems to keep it secured.
And we'll hear you exclaim, in a tone of respect:
"Merry Christmas to all who contain and protect!"


Date: 8/12/16
Comments: We haven't made any attempt to contain it in almost a year. I might as well.

The creature stalked the comma and choked the apostrophe.
It stomped upon the period, that 2673!
No question mark can stop him, so I guess it's up to me
to stop the written terror that is 2673!

It started with the free form verse, that answered the needed call,
to stall this visious verbal beast. Just too bad it was mauled!
It then went to a haiku, and while virtuous was he,
he was efficiently slaughtered by this ferocious SCP!

The creature stalked the comma and choked the apostrophe.
It stomped upon the period, that 2673!
No question mark can stop him, so I guess it's up to me
to stop the written terror that is 2673!

It made it's way to the limerick and smashed it to a pulp,
and then it went to the triolet and swallowed it in one gulp.
Then it came upon another haiku, and boy was it a fight!
The simple minded poem kept it down for many nights.

The creature stalked the comma and choked the apostrophe.
It stomped upon the period, that 2673!
No question mark can stop him, so I guess it's up to me
to stop the written terror that is 2673!

It finally defeated it's poor ancient and wise foe,
and came across the next poem and wrecked it, don't you know?
Its next threat, the pantuom, had packed quite of a punch
but eventually ol' 2673 had that sad poem for lunch!

The creature stalked the comma and choked the apostrophe.
It stomped upon the period, that 2673!
No question mark can stop him, so I guess it's up to me
to stop the written terror that is 2673!

The classy sonnet was what was next, though it seemed that he was beat,
It turned out that defeating him was not a easy feat.
The ancient beast was trapped in a Shakespearean maze,
but by the time 2016 had come the dear sonnets eyes were glazed!

The creature stalked the comma and choked the apostrophe.
It stomped upon the period, that 2673!
No question mark can stop him, so I guess it's up to me
to stop the written terror that is 2673!

Now Christmas is upon us, and the creature's nearly freed,
so I conjured up this poem to fulfill this frightful need.
I hope it does it's job well, and doesn't become too scorched
when our Night Before Christmas parody passes down her terrifying torch!

The creature stalked the comma and choked the apostrophe.
It stomped upon the period, that 2673!
No question mark can stop him, so I guess it's up to me
to Secure Contain and then Protect this horrid SCP!


Date: 1/16/2017
Comments: Breach intervention required, primary containment personnel unavailable.

Roses are red,
warning lights too,
and both night shift poets
are out with the flu.
So I wrote this bad poem,
containment to patch,
and now sit here praying
it lasts through the watch.


Date: 1/31/2017
Comments: Failure of containment during routine monitoring. Emergency procedures implemented.

One evening while I'm waiting, and my fate I'm contemplating
Thinking how I've come to monitor that 2-6-7-3.
Neither sleeping, napping, dozing,
No! But poems I'm composing.
All built to encapsulate that age old parasitic meme:
Poe, I thought I'd parody to stop that dreaded meme.
T'was success: or so it seemed.

Suddenly I'm struck with feeling and I find my conscience reeling.
Was this to be the being that I had sworn would not go free?
So I grasped a pen and started
With memories of long departed:
strangers, dead before their time because of dangers gone unseen.
I swiftly inked a verse or two to stop the beast unseen.
It's contained now, finally.


Date: 10/26/2017
Comment: Reinforcement of containment with a villainelle

Within these walls, the skip is sealed.
Though howl and growl and rage it may
Our minds are safe, these lines our shield.
To rhyming verse the skip must yield
Never shall it see light of day.
Within these walls, the skip is sealed.
It may not leave nor power wield
And for its crimes a price must pay.
Our minds are safe, these lines our shield.
Into this net the skip was reeled
With lines of poems to bar the way.
Within these walls, the skip is sealed.
And that it will not be revealed;
That all may live in peace and say,
"Our minds are safe, these lines our shield";
We keep the skip in odes concealed
Inside a file, all dull and grey.
Within these walls, the skip is sealed.
Our minds are safe, these lines our shield.


Date: 04/24/2018
Comment: One year has passed since last containment; adding reinforcement

Within these walls it shall remain,
Imprisoning 2-6-7-3 in words and lyric.
With verse and rhyme this will sustain,
Its lengthy prison of words and lyric.

Bind this skip forever in poetry,
A captive of words and lyric.
Long may this keep 2-6-7-3,
Captured again by words and lyric.

Never ending shall we rhyme,
To keep the skip in words and lyric.
A cell that stands for all of time,
2-6-7-3 chained to words and lyric.


Date: 06/15/2018
Comment: A small rhyming couplet. Not much, but every little helps.

Two Six Seven Three:
Verse prevents it breaking free.


Date: 04/30/2019
Comment: It's been far too long. I'm locking this thing down with everything we have - internal rhyme, multiple references, poetry puns even.

Jumping hoops for a skip
With our acrobat words,
Fly away, twenty-six,
Poetry's for the birds.

Seven-three, you must see
There's no ballad too frail
By our metric, we're skeptic
Poetry'll ever fail.

In a prison of rhythm
You versus our verse
No escape, far too late,
Poetry is your curse.

So give up, little skip;
As I type my refrains,
Two-six-seventy-three
Poetry will contain.


Date: 03/09/2020
Comment: Maybe it perceives songs as poetry? I mean, they are technically the same thing, right?

A land of hell, behold the tears
Protect humanity from beast's savage leers
Statues that crush bones, blink and death nears
Reptiles invincible, dogs with tongues of peers
And plague doctors, the seven deadly sins it reveres

Host to criminal
Who's life is minimal
They seem rather cynical
But fear not friends
For they're on our side
Up against the tide
Their time they will bide
For they're the ones who die in the dark
SO WE CAN LIVE IN THE LIGHT

They will defy, so we don't deny
We caught their eye, we are gold in disguise
And they will defy while they hold to their lies
We won't defy as they work on Earth's tie
They are the souls of the world
With no grasp on the curled
With all due respect
Secure. Contain. Protect.

A land of hell, behold these lines
Words to us all, bars that confines
Four numbers it stands, four like the wind chimes
A two, six, seven, three, but no ones or nines
Held together by words, all of which rhymes

Men and women
Must all come within
Pens are a weapon
Againsts this plague
In this one beast's den
To fight again

For they're the ones who die in the dark
SO WE CAN LIVE IN THE LIGHT

They will defy, so we don't deny
We caught their eye, we are gold in disguise
And they will defy while they hold to their lies
We won't defy as they work on Earth's tie
They are the souls of the world
With no grasp on the curled
With all due respect
Secure. Contain. Protect.


Date: 03/21/2020
Comment: Site Director overheard me humming Gilbert and Sullivan. I hope this helps.

Two six seven and three
Form the title, you see
Of a hideous being memetical
Which a deep pleasure finds
In corrupting our minds
With ideas most truly heretical.
It forms bright glowing pyres
Of our basest desires
For pleasure and simple security,
And then once it has supped
On our pleasures corrupt
It destroys all our lives in its purity.

A taste for rare dishes
Consumes one man's wishes
Until his cholesterol rockets,
While another soon drools
For silver and jewels
And greedily lines all her pockets.
Next a person unwed
Leads an army to bed
And a radical sort starts a riot,
And the chaos that reigns
Is now all that remains
Of a person once peaceful and quiet!

But the method correct
To secure and protect
From this immoral abomination
Is to catch and contain
(Though it strives for your brain)
It in poetic delineation —

In a meter and verse
It is set for the worse
And a sonnet may cage
Its iconoclast rage
For the regular motion
Of lyrical notion
Sets limits and bounds
To its chaotic rounds
And a chorus may sate
For a moment its hate
And a doggerel rhyme
Just might buy us some time
So keep poetry flowing
So all can be knowing
That we made another endeavor,

For the verse we've amassed
Might yet trap it at last —
Though its history's long,
So is much of our song —
And, one day, might contain it forever!


Date: 04/20/2020
Comment: I lived and died alone. - Researcher Tillerson

Update — a new Issue
There was a Containment Breach:
Twenty Six & Seven Three
On-site — the Nukes were reached.

Not enough — the Poetry —
We missed some… Thing!
It lives within us,
Echoing —

I shall die —
Was it worth this?
Creativity.
Always feeds it —


Date: 06/25/2020
Comment: Containment tentatively reestablished, but I'm just an editor of technical reports. They should have sent a poet. —Specialist Himmelgarten

Two six seven three
Its corruption I now bind
With poetic chains


Date: 07/17/2020
Comment: Some whitecoat caught me spittin’ freestyle in the canteen and now I’m here.

Eggheads lockin’ down neurological sickness

Hooked up in the lab ‘cause I’m already the illest

Catching treats for the feats of my beats, so says the manager

Far above the D I could be, another integer

Look you know theys trouble when the powers that be call the LBC for an SCP

2673, you ain’t got no clout, you be jumping ‘round words, but your readings in doubt

For real you should be honored that I’m penning this rhyme, what better than a trap beat, snagged for all time!

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