A Letter Of Resignation

Dear future generations, it is with the deepest regret that we write this letter,

Concerning all the tomorrows we borrowed, and should have served you so much better,

And while we'd debate whether it was too late to save all from being lost,

To contemplate a change so great, at the time, seemed too high a cost.


We realise now we cannot disavow our reticence or reservation,

And to this end will not extend our unfortunate procrastination,

It's just that we, could not see, the inheritance we bequeathed,

And technology seemed logically the thing to be achieved.


We can only extend our deepest apologies, for what it is we've left,

For our problems, which you must resolve, or else be left bereft,

Our planet only had so much, but we worked on the assumption,

That we could use it all never pay for our consumption.


And whilst in fact, we now know that this statement's broadly true,

We never dreamed our greed would lead the debt to fall to you,

We never dreamed our careless, reckless, actions when compiled,

Would mean the parents debt must be honoured by the child.


In summary, we're sorry that you won't have what we've had,

We're sorry that we used it all and what was left was bad,

We're sorry that we left it all in such sad depravation,

And hope that you'll accept our fate, with considered resignation.

◄ Cobwebs

Hiding In The Silence ►


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Chloé Mballa

Thu 13th Jun 2019 06:29

Loved the topic and it flowed with such easy . Great read?

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Jason Bayliss

Fri 7th Jun 2019 07:08

Thanks Martin, it's much appreciated. It's one of those subjects that I think we'll all be talking about before long, because we'll be trying to live through it.


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Martin Elder

Thu 6th Jun 2019 21:33

This is a particularly well thought and constructed piece of poetry . I think you sum up the sentiments of a great deal more people than are given credit for.
Nice one Jason

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keith jeffries

Fri 31st May 2019 20:46


This poem in the form of a letter is also a confession of our failure. You have penned this well. We have paved the rocky road to ruin.

Thank you for this

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jennifer Malden

Thu 30th May 2019 10:49

How awfully apt and true- many of us I think can remember a time when there was much less technology, but also much less pollution AND NO PLASTIC!!!!!! We did the shopping without plastic bags, didn't have TVs which we changed every few years, wore cotton and wool. Really liked this. Jennifer

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Jason Bayliss

Wed 29th May 2019 00:40

Thanks Tim, Rich and John, and no, not the inheritance they were hoping for or the one they deserve, but it increasingly looks like the one they're going to get, sadly.

J. x

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John Coopey

Wed 29th May 2019 00:10

Not an inheritance our children hoped to receive.
Nice work, Jason.

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Tue 28th May 2019 17:52

Fantastic - great poem, great sentiment. I couldn't agree with you more.

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Jason Bayliss

Tue 28th May 2019 17:44

Thank you Rose, Mona and Dorothy for your kind likes and comments. It's a subject I'm quite passionate about. Quite frankly when more and more scientists start talking in terms of human extinction I don't understand why it's not the lead story on every news media every single day.

J. x

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Tue 28th May 2019 17:40


I can only second Mona's comment - and add the future looks frightening - and all we talk about is Brexit. If only we could go back to the status quo and use those wasted three years more wisely.


mona s

Tue 28th May 2019 17:31

Beautifully written.. Profoundly stated grave concerns..

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Rose Casserley

Tue 28th May 2019 17:22


Rose ?

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