Archive for June, 2014

What Causes The Future — Second Survival Cracker Poem

June 4, 2014


I know what causes the future:
A tin of crackers
hermetically sealed —
Stacked to maximum occupancy
in a college dormitory
(though that particular armageddon
did not outlast its expiration date)
On a midnight romp
we liberated the tin
and slathered enough institutional jam
on the crackers to save the past
from the fallout shelter diet
of nuclear winter —
A half life of duck and cover
in mobius eternity

I know when the future begins:
Innovation follows a time line
the metal point — the crossbow
the colt 45 — the machine gun
the semiautomatic assault rifle —
Escalation is a linear event
Rage is a constant now

I know where the future happens:
At the borderline
where each village claims
its imaginary  friend
is the most omnipotent
The future will be viewed through screens
decreasing exponentially in size
the images high definition
but more and more remote
all drones and no bees

I know why the future exists:
To be the petri dish for the present —
the genetically tinkered
antibiotically compromised
end to hunger, disease and anomaly
Where subatomic,  sub-cellular juggler gods
try to keep all their orbiting balls
from plunging into the toxic gutter

I know how the future unfolds:
With its own soundtrack
behind our backs
as we turn a deaf ear
Not just with a bang
not just with a whimper
but with the whole damned orchestra
as the ship goes down