A show tune from the future

The song of the seagull is different these days
Its cry has turned into a sneer
But no one has noticed the change in the air
Since all of those turbines came here
The sky and the ocean were sisters in sight
Reflecting each other in style
But now there are shadows that fall on the shore
And they’re going to be here for a while

The whirring of blades can be heard through the night
A slice here, a dice there, and more
Industrial processes ought to be banned
Their presence makes all of us poor
What happened to beauty, to sense of delight?
These horrid things really aren’t green
They’ve ruined our life on the hills by the sea
Where the wind turbine farm can be seen

They told us that this was the best of the ways
To produce all that power we used
We told them that surely there must be another
But bureaucrats coldly refused
“Since oil is just awful and nuclear worse
There’s no other option,” they said
And so they destroyed everything we hold dear
So our seaside existence is dead

We still hear the blades as they cut through the sky
From daybreak on into the night
We still see the shadows that fall on the shore
The darkness that shatters the bright
It wasn’t our fault that they built all these things
Our hands, they are perfectly clean
And we curse all the world from the hills by the sea
Where the wind turbine farm can be seen

(Suggested, quite unintentionally, by Tam.)


  1. Tam »

    27 July 2008 · 12:01 pm

    Oh, that’s wonderful!

    You have left this humble scribbler in awe. Srsly.

  2. localmalcontent »

    27 July 2008 · 4:06 pm

    Exactly what Tam said, Charles-
    I’m in awe.

    That is wonderful poetry.

  3. fillyjonk »

    27 July 2008 · 8:04 pm

    Somehow, I hear Johnny Depp singing it in a Tim Burton extravaganza. (In my mind, I mean. I haven’t figured out how to tap into that alternate dimension where all the movies that never got made were made).

  4. Dick Stanley »

    27 July 2008 · 9:16 pm

    You’re just the fellow to rewrite Childe Harold as Childe Barry. I’m still struggling with it.

  5. McGehee »

    27 July 2008 · 9:49 pm

    I hear Johnny Depp singing it

    It occurs to me that I cannot say I have ever heard Johnny Depp sing.

  6. Tatyana »

    28 July 2008 · 8:51 pm

    McGehee: per your request.

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