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UKArchive ID: 31796Every Third Thought - parts IV and V by prospero
Originally published on November 18, 2013 in Poetry

The final two parts of my Swan Song



Part IV

So here is another meaning to life;
Another reason for living:
Save not just your kin but the whole world!
Yet consider,
If I could, what would be the point?
Surely these mis-named Homo Sapiens
Are not worth the effort!
Would it not be better
To let them dash towards their well deserved fate?
To hope that, like Neanderthals,
They become just a curious layer
Of fossilised bones in Quaternary deposits?

Oh, this is a tragedy to break the hearts of gods.
To have lived all these years,
To have come to understand so much,
To have seen from these heights of experience,
Like Matthew Arnold,
The World 'lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful so new'.
So full of potential,
A very paradise for all humanity,
A paradise that could last another
Four and half billion years
Were the simple rules
For the care and maintenance
Of a small planet
Properly followed,
Then to observe
A Human Race,
Like a mass migration
Of thoughtless, instinct driven lemmings,
Rush headlong towards destruction;
Their eyes flashing dollar bills,
Their most urgent need
A bigger, faster car,
Mere conspicuous consumption
Their greatest desire
More un-reproductive sex,
Their chief indulgences
Pizza, beefburgers and beer.
Guzzling and gorging their sensual tastes
Quite deaf to the warnings of Great Gaia
Echoing from the mountain walls.

Is this a paradox
That the very success of human ingenuity,
That the fruits of human understanding
That the magnificent achievements of human technological endeavour
Should all lead to the inevitable destruction
Of civilised society
As a new Dark Age rises?

Part V
Can I really leave this world there?
And go to my grave, like Cassandra,
Shrugging my shoulders
As I prophesy disaster to deaf ears?
Can I just abandon to the three callous Fates
Those children I will be leaving behind?
My own, Frances and Daniel:
My daughter's son, Bran
My sister's children, Mark, James and Leigh,
Their children, Carly, John, Louise
And those two beautiful innocents,
Freya and Edee?

No! No!! NO!!!
This is not to be borne!
Not without a fight.
Six years and ten million lives
Were expended
In the war against Fascism.
For twenty years, if not more,
We have known
That the environmental threat facing human civilisation
Is a thousand time worse than all the horrors
Of Fascist hubris
And Japanese Imperialism,
Yet what have we done?
Sat on our hands
And let the Petrol Heads,
The wealthy Dick Heads
And the greedy Corporate Heads
Get their own way;
Selling, not just the family silver
But the future of the whole estate
So that they can ride round in bigger,
But hardly better, metal machines
And swan around the marinas of the world
In pointless yachts
That will never match the annual milage
Of even the humblest of family vehicles.

Now it seems that I am
Arguing for Continual War
Or Perpetual Revolution
As the ultimate purpose
Of human existence.
This is not so,
But if war has taught us anything good
It is this:-
That in situations of the direst distress,
When backs are up against the wall
And the firing squads lined up
To execute their dreadful orders
That this is when ordinary men and women
Do extraordinary things
And when
Extraordinary men and women
Achieve the impossible.

I will not abandon all hope here.
Like Dante and Virgil
We can pass through the gates of The Inferno
And emerge victorious via Purgatory
To that Paradise
From which Adam and Eve,
With wandering steps and slow
Were expelled by a cruel, callous and overbearing God
More than half a million years ago.
Truly Eden was none of God's making.
Not six days, but fifteen billion years were required
To create this wonderful world,
The work of Cosmic Forces
Embedded in the very nature of reality
By means of a fundamentally simple tool,
Evolutionary Change.
Dual natured
Humanity is its Masterpiece
And will live for ever,
Like the immortal structure of
Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid,
Unless
Its dark side - rampant selfish greed -
Overcomes its illuminated face of love and joy.

Here is a truly great reason for living,
A cause worth fighting for:
To build a Brave New World,
A Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Man
That will prosper in a world of peace and plenty
And, in the fullness of Time,
Reach for the stars
To build a universal coalition of Life.

I assert confidently here,
Before I leave this world for Hades' peaceful Halls,
That we do indeed
Have World enough and Time,
For a triumphant army of humanity
To march alone by its own efforts
Into an eternal, man-made Paradise,
To vindicate the pain and suffering
Caused by three and half billion years of Evolution
And at long length,
To justify the ways of Man to God.

© prospero (corin on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 31796
Archived comments for Every Third Thought - parts IV and V
bo_duke99 on 18-11-2013
Every Third Thought - parts IV and V
a huge piece, and executed most flawlessly, will read the rest in order, and might comment again if you don't mind, but this is real good

Author's Reply:
Thankyou Bo - you are very encouraging.

Dave

Kipper on 18-11-2013
Every Third Thought - parts IV and V

I do not regard myself as either intelectual or academically gifted, so I do not presume to offer any criticisms of this poem. (All five parts)

All I will say is that I thought it is masterly.

I write for no other reason that I enjoy doing do, and when I read I hope that I will enjoy that too. No problems there then, for this was a very speial experience. Despite the odd section or two which required a little extra concentration, and the pressence of 'Wikipedia' I was enthralled to the end. The insight of the human condition, the juxtaposition of optimism and pessimism, and the conflicting relationship between religion and science held me fast.

In my view just one thing was missing. The Nib.

Great writing.

Michael









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Kipper on 18-11-2013
Every Third Thought - parts IV and V

I do not regard myself as either intelectual or academically gifted, so I do not presume to offer any criticisms of this poem. (All five parts)
All I will say is that I thought it was masterly.
I write for no other reason that I enjoy doing do, and when I read I hope that I will enjoy that too. No problems there then, for this was a very speial experience. Despite the odd section or two which required a little extra concentration, and the pressence of 'Wikipedia' I was enthralled to the end. The insight of the human condition, the juxtaposition of optimism and pessimism, and the conflicting relationship between religion and science held me fast.
In my view just one thing was missing. The Nib.
Great writing.
Michael





Author's Reply:
Thankyou Michael, your thoughtful comment was very much appreciated. This poem has taken some time to write and I had to be in the right mood to progress it, I finished it on the train coming home from London at the weekend, by the time I got to the end I was emotionally exhausted. It is as you seem to appreciate a deeply felt piece. Sadly I am very pessimistic about the chances of humanity escaping the self made disaster that looms before us. Such disasters have happened before on a small scale. If you are interested look up the history of Easter Island. The two kinds of statues that are found there tell a tragic story about the people who first colonised the island.

Dave

deadpoet on 29-12-2013
Every Third Thought - parts IV and V
Reading this was very emotional for me. I felt hope and despair but the message of universal kindness and coming to our senses- well some should more than others. This is such a good message and I am very glad that I got to read it at last. I have been missing out on something up till now.

Pia
xx

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