“We will all go together when we go.” – Tom Lehrer, 1959
When the seers and prophets of old
saw the future, they boldly foretold
of utopian dreams,
being bolstered by glorified gold.
Greater power and wealth manifest
has primarily guided the quest
in the barbarous march
under history’s arch
all the way from the East to the West.
In a world that has waited too long
to unite, the misfortunate throng
is unable to pass
the omnivorous class
that has gotten it horribly wrong.
So humanity lurks on the brink
of a terminal failure to link
all the money on earth
to a semblance of worth
as it circles a nuclear sink.
2023 Mary Boren