Dogs 2012

WRINGING THE SPONGE
(11/15/12)


determined
to drag
every last drop
of petroleum
from this
pitiable planet
we have devised
innovative
and technologically
advanced methods
to feed
our need
for crude

for natural
gas

we pulverize

we pressurize

we chemicalize

we drill
in so many
different directions
that we lose
track

we waste
our present
human ingenuity
on outmoded
models
of energy
transformation
when we should
be looking
far ahead
to the future
of our
progeny

but
we're in
a big rush
NOW
before the limited
resource well
finally does
run dry

because
of these efforts
the United States
is predicted
to replace Saudi Arabia
as the world's largest
oil producer
by about 2020

I'm
so proud
to live
in a country
where tomorrow
is a luxury
to be burned
today

I'll
be 60
by the then
and close
enough
to death
to laugh
at the last big
fossil fuel flare up
that this world
will ever
know

as the next
generation
wonders how
to keep
the lights on
and the cars
lumbering
down the highways
for the decades
after my
demise

sorry
youngsters
but Daddy
couldn't live
without
his V8 engines
monster trucks
speedboats
and maxed out
power grid
to run all
of his gadgets

at once

I do hope
that you'll
be able
to keep
your children
warm
at night

just leave
us old fuckers
out
to freeze

we
deserve it

we are
the exhaust fumes
of a motored
madness
hopefully past