Airflight, cars, too many cars
radio, TV, telephone, video, computers
social security, the pill, condoms, AIDs
equality, justice, no brotherhood.
Steel, plastic, teflon, concrete
(but the earth abideth forever)
Picasso, Jackson, graffiti
canned food, microwaved food, fast food
so many starved – no food
vaccines, by pass surgery, transplants
everyone still always dying.
Man on the moon, speed, nuclear bomb baboom
the ashes of Birkenau bloom.
A little love and peace, no understanding
much profit, no prophets
Russian, Chinese, Cuban, Iranian revolutions
But the world still goes around the sun and itself.
National buildings, nation building
Trinidad, Tajekistan, El Salvador, Kosovo, North Korea, East Timor
looking up there is only one sky.
Papers, books, magazines, TV, radio, information ages
who can remember what was said
the paper burns, the words fly away.
Pop stars, fat politicians, scruffy generals, Elvis, Ali
Einstein, Churchill, Mickey Mouse, Hitler, Ghandi, Stalin
billions of others but I forget their names.
A lot of noise, less space unless up in space
floods, famines, the fixing up
accumulation, credit, yo-yos and hula hoops
every man will one day stoop.
The 20th century ends not with this bang but a sob
nobody there to throw in the towel or hand a kleenex
only the morning after and us all carrying on.
– Dec. 31st, 1999, Varadero, Cuba