Escape velocity

Escape velocity


What more do we need?

We have the full set NOW -

toys, games, lamps, motors,

cards and electronic rooftops

and battery driven ear-pluckers,

navel-dusters and gadgets

to clean the things we need no gadgets for,

unless we have the things and the gadgets

we need for the things that need cleaning

With the other gadgets.


Just in the same way that we need

Money to get the money we use to get

more money to get more money

to go more faster, ever and ever

fasterer and fasterer to spin dervishly

whirling out our worldigig

world is our world

maniac at the wheel,

foot on the floor, hand on the throttle.

Choking the weak,

worlding away into the dark,

the dark down between the stars, the dark empty,


With our final blaze, the one spark

dwindling …

Like a penny banger down a mineshaft;

when we’ve whirled

till the world


                                         Go. . . . .

◄ Graptolite

Poor Bloody Infantry ►


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Alan Travis Braddock

Mon 17th Dec 2018 12:51

Thank You people. I wrote this some time ago but nothing happened then - either.
The interesting thing is that nobody ever suggests that filling the oceans with plastic and using up the resources of the planet is a GOOD THING - they just go ahead letting it happen.
You can't blame the poor sods on the bread line, all they want is a decent living. The problem is the bastards who want the whole world for themselves and are quite happy to steal it and will kill anybody who gets in their way.

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Poetikaly Anointed

Mon 17th Dec 2018 02:56

This is so true and wickedly written:

unless we have the things and the gadgets

we need for the things that need cleaning

With the other gadgets.


We want...We NEED...We want some we can need ever more...For a culture so bloated on consumption, we sure are underfed on morals and values.

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Martin Elder

Sun 16th Dec 2018 22:27

I have been reading an article about the Amish this weekend which puts me in mind of antidote to such behaviour to constantly consume.
Love the poem Alan
nice one

<Deleted User> (18474)

Sun 16th Dec 2018 22:02

We need more. Eat more. Spend more. And still we want more.
Are we any happier?
And at what cost? " We choke the weak". Our cheap £1 t-shirt made in Bangladesh by an 8 year old.
Were like locust. An infection. Eating away the planet.
We will burn out. But so will the planet unless we change our ways.

This is what your poem made me think about.

It made me think.

Love your work Mr Braddock.


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Sun 16th Dec 2018 21:41

A nightmare of the search for a reason. A bit like the old testament, Sheboah begat Ezkarah, begat Noah, etc etc. I like the concept of a worldigig!


Big Sal

Sun 16th Dec 2018 21:40

Great last line on the second to last stanza, Alan. Whole piece really.

<Deleted User> (18980)

Sun 16th Dec 2018 20:50

Great flow Alan to describe a mad pursuit.

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