Inspired by a couple of poems in the Totnes EDAP book, and the work of Matt Harvey, I put on my bard’s hat one afternoon when I should have been working . . . Transition Town Worthing have since done a live performance of it, complete with shakers and a musical saw. Oh dear!
It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.
Please select an option:
Lots of time,
Or GM wine?
Adults on skateboards,
Or Dr No vocal chords?
Or electric SUVs?
Or another giant Gulf of Mexico oil leak?
Or online bids?
Productive foody back gard-ons,
Or more stuff to spend credit card ons?
Embracing energy powerdown,
Or burning coal to make the sky turn brown?
Cycling to do a useful job,
Or rioting over petrol prices with an angry mob?
Learning new skills for future needs,
Or buying a packet of biotech corporation hybrid seeds?
Playing ukulele to keep amused,
Or watching your 60-inch plasma screen till your life is
Or Worthing Pier?
Drinking a pint of local beer,
Or a processed meal that makes you feel a bit queer?
Making the most of your one wild and precious life,
Or feeding your addiction to oil for the remainder of
Helping create a vibrant town,
Or complaining about cycles and wind turbines and
dragging me down?
Living a fruitful existence without too much fossil
Or digging a fall-out shelter in my back garden?
Seeing the A27 transformed into a dual cabbageway,
Or keeping quiet when they take another allotment away?
Whatever options we take,
Whatever way we go,
It’s life Jim,
not as we know. It.
Steve Last, June 2010.
TTW has started a Transition Tales Group to foster stories, poems, spoof adverts of the future, agony aunt columns, and a story writing competition. I’d really like the EDAP to include as much of this element as possible to keep it firmly based within the community and to avoid it becoming a dry, boring document that no-one wants to read. Deciding what stays and what goes is another matter . . .
Cartoon by Spencer Hill