Industrial Demon





My interpretation of a section of a truly inspiring poem "Howl"







"Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb!

Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs! Moloch whose factories dream and choke in the fog! Moloch whose smokestacks and antennae crown the cities!"


- Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"









- Industrial Demon -


Oh, you nameless

you ageless

monster of civilization

you rise through the sky

you pierce through the clouds

the result

of a blind sacrifice

we made unto you

we made to your vice


Oh, human nature

tear down the trees

tear down the forests

tear down the living

to build these high walls

to build our great egos

and illusions of powers

over God, over nature


Tempered steel

and cast iron

and aluminum factories

and plastic creations

disposable plates and

disposable nations

consumed and then wasted

like the lives of those

who fall short

of great expectations


The cities are burning

red billowing smoke

to the tops of the towers

into skyscraper windows

the horizon's distorted

as are the minds of

the young and the aging


A generation of electricity

with souls of computers

and hearts made of wires

connectors and voltage

and wattage and amps

engineering mathematics

engineering an empire

engineering an end


Modernized haze

blinding your sons

shipped off to defend

beliefs not their own

shipped back with

open wounds all their own

oil and blood, a partnership

claim this source as your own

to expand beyond boundaries

limitations designed to be crushed



This pleases your masters

this pleases your kings

horned sentient being

of the twenty-first century



The trumpets of war

resound in our heads

the clashing of metal,

and blades tipped with red

triggers marked by

your own personal signature

with cross hairs set on

the homes of the innocent



© copyright Ben D.A 2011

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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Yeah, that's a great one, this interpretation is pretty cool, the powerful message well expressed!


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wearenotthesame00 4 years ago from My Own Fantasy World...

I like this one :D


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Great job... a cautionary tale and vivid depiction of the way things are... yes it is your generation that must somehow redefine the national interest and make it a planetary interest. I hope you can do it... I hope my children will help...


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana

You know they are calling Louisiana the wasteland of america. calling new orleans, a third world city. our prices are high, our economy low. we all struggle to survive and make it in this world. some have it worse than others, and no matter where you go there are cities like the one you speak of. where does all the money and power lie? with the government, and power hungry industries, and we are just the worker bees.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

You've written it up well, Ben.

It is our choice.

It's not inevitable unless we choose it and continue to choose it.

Is there hope or not?

You're the generation who'll make the choice to continue.

Choose wisely.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

This need to be added to your profile as a "must read". Seriously by far the best and deepest poem I've read in ages. I'm sharing because this needs to be seen by many.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Ben, only you can make pollution read so beautifully, yet, still a little scary. The first 2 photos were extremely scary!

Awesome, as usual!


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

thank you both very much for the visits and comments. I was very inspired by 'Howl' in many ways. It's a masterpiece


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Will we become an industrial wasteland or industrious mecca of invention and achievement...thousand windows lit or painted over.;-))

Thoughtfully great writing Ben.;)


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

I love this, great poetry BenWritings, you've definitely caught the message of Ginsberg's 'Howl' and taken it one step further. Regards, snakeslane ps. have to come back for the music, later.

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