Infernal Combustion

Hell (Herrad von Landsberg; about 1180)
Hell (Herrad von Landsberg; about 1180)

Driving down the highway with the pedal to the floor

I was feeling kind of down and in a funk about the war.

I noticed that my microbus was nearly out of gas

When some jerk in a hummer came a riding up my ass.

I felt my heartbeat pounding and the blood rush to my head,

And I stepped on the brakes when I started seeing red.

The fool nearly ran me down and blasted on his horn,

So I flipped him off and cursed the day that Henry Ford was born.

 

I found a filling station and pulled in to fill my tank;

When I saw the price of gasoline I wondered who to thank.

After emptying my wallet I fired my motor up again

And as I drove on down the road I thought this ride has got to end:

This infernal combustion that makes everything go fast

Is burning to the wick and churning out the greenhouse gas;

Infernal combustion is what got us where we are,

But we may have driven down this road a little too far...

 

Uh-oh...

***

-From Existential Opera

© 2006 by JC

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Hell (Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, folio 108r; 15th century)
Hell (Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, folio 108r; 15th century)

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Pcunix 6 years ago from SE MA

I was noticing that the price of gas is creeping back up. We really, really need to get off this gasoline addiction. It costs us so much in so many ways, and of course some of the damage may never be correctable.

The other night the subject of oil drilling came up again. You'd think the recent Gulf disaster would have cooled the ardor somewhat, but one of my poker buddies was insisting we need to loosen restrictions.

I pointed out that we will soon run out of oil entirely. He snorted and insisted that such predictions are "liberal lies". I explained that my point is that it WILL run out and even if it is 150 years away, the time to act is NOW because as it gets more expensive it will cost us more in all these ways: monetary, environment and of course political difficulties. The true cost of oil dependency is mind boggling.

My poker friend sees that as more liberal lies, of course, but it is not. It is simple truth.


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Joyus Crynoid 6 years ago from Eden Author

Indeed; it is simple truth because it is simple math. We are using petroleum at a rate that is almost a million times faster than the rate at which it was produced by biology and geology. We are probably already past Hubbert's peak. The sooner we start to get off of oil, the less hellish the future will be.

"Liberal lies" translates as "shut up, I don't want to know". Reality is scary; ignorance is bliss. I find it hard to be hopeful when so many folks (a majority it often seems) refuse to engage their brain. Civilization is just a modern version of the Roman empire (c. 400 AD).


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Pcunix 6 years ago from SE MA

No, I really don't think it translates that way. My feeling is that these people really believe they are being lied to. The interesting thing is that they seem to trust Big Business - the very people most likely to be lying. They seem to believe that there is a socialist conspiracy to "damage" business - liberals want to live in some fantasy world where everyone grows their own food and s on. I've had them insist that this is the ultimate goal.

Of course there is a germ of truth. Many of us are concerned about the abuse of corporate power and would like to see more smaller businesses rather than a few very large.


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Fullerman5000 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

entertaining poem. had a good rythm to it.


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Joyus Crynoid 6 years ago from Eden Author

Pc--you are right, most of them think that they are being lied to, because they have an abiding faith in the ideal of 'free enterprise', and for some reason believe that the global corporate economy fulfills that ideal. Things like regulations or taxes that interfere with industry are thus a liberal conspiracy to advance socialism, so any argument that suggests that industry is causing major problems must be based on liberal lies. But I think that deep down it is simply denial, which is something we all engage in. It comes easier when you don't think very hard about things, and simply react in a knee-jerk kind of way.

Fullerman--thanks! It's kind of a rap, set to hard rock.


amorea13 6 years ago

Great power and great rhythm in this poem - and it made me remember being tracked for miles by some guy up the tail of my car and the thing that really got me was how MAD it made me! That guy wrecked my day and I never even saw his face! How sad is that - for me? Thanks for this Joyus - super poem.


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Pcunix 6 years ago from SE MA

If someone is riding my tail, I pull over and let them pass. Why risk ticking off some fruitcake? Also consider that they may have a legitimate need to get somewhere.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Who in their right mind wants to buy a Hummer? Thanks for a very apt and funny poem. Loved it.

Love and peace

Tony


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

A cool ride,Joyus Crynoid;)

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