The Day the Earth Stood Still

People may dismiss my distrust of Bill Gates as conspiratorial, but wouldn’t I be even more spooky if I were to endorse his projects?  This thought inspired the following poem:




We believe in Bill because he’s right.

We are the plague in ourselves. We are the locusts.

Us. As much as actual locusts are. If a field

Has to lie fallow for a year, so a species

Needs to die back. Pearly Gates is justified

In bequeathing us such inoculation as ensures

That infertility will dog our children,

Which is as it should be, ask Greta,

And she’ll say that’s what Uncle George says too.


(The reference is to the 2008 film directed by Scott Derrickson, starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly – a remake of the 1951 American science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, directed by Robert Wise – based on the 1940 short story “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates)

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