A Meteor’s a’Comin’

Canoop! the sound of your loop-tee-do
Enough! the slough of your despondency
Wooditch! the whinge of your panicky
The meteor’s coming ‘ere election day!

Cannip the conniption fit, buddit the funk
Swallow the glut of slubbish bilocracy
Gnash, says the prophet Neal deGrasse
Tyson, we’ll die in a blaze ‘ere election eve!

O Meteor of space! O Deliverer of grace!
You’ll spare us, ‘ere you dare us, with crater
Dustiferous, injurious, deleterious bringer
Of sweltering doom ‘ere we galood election gloom!

Come the third of November, we’ll never remember
Who’s Harris, Who’s Donald, What’s Joe Biden hidin’?
We won’t know a thing when the meteor’s oncomin’
O’er helter-election-welter, combustin’ election eve!

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53 thoughts on “A Meteor’s a’Comin’”

  1. Canoop! marvellous inventive stuff Dora – and such fun to read aloud. (Particularly in times when words are being thrown around like punches). And the reference to the Guy Fawkes and the gun-powder plot is well-hidden in stanza four. Terrific and thanks for joining the fun today.

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    1. Thank you, Peter, for setting up the brilliant prompt in your inspiring way. I’m afraid I’ve stayed on the news channel too long and the crazy after effects are what you see here. Glad you liked it!

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  2. Can we have a meteor that only hits the US please? We have all had the US election up to the back teeth too and wish the rest of the world wasn’t going to be so impacted by the result. A meteor seems a fairer option 🙂
    On a poetic note—your poem is just that, musical notes of poetry.

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    1. The election will impact the world, but finally I’m not one to believe that the force that governs history for ultimately for weal or woe is in the hands of puny man, though he’d like to think so.

      Thank you, Jane, for the poetic note 🙂

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        1. Oh yes, especially to himself, with nature hanging in the balance. A friend of mine has been reading Julian Norwich and quoted this comforting line from her “Revelations of Divine Love”: “all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” It rings true in its reflection of eternal purposes.

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            1. Not in its current form. And if they have the global elite/oligarch structures of power working with them, we will become a world of two classes, lords and serfs, like its been for most of the world’s history. Truth to tell, the time we’re living in now has been the most prosperous for the greatest percentage of people. But times can change. The greed of our new oligarchs will only grow unless they are checked.

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            2. I agree. Our rich societies are already divided into haves and have nots, it’s just the stakes that have changed. In the Middle Ages if you had not, you starved to death. Now you just bump along the bottom.

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            3. Bumping along the bottom, yes, but for the first time in history we have ladders from the bottom that weren’t there before, thanks to Judaeo-Christian principles of individual worth having spread globally. It’s especially apparent if you visit the poorest countries over a period of decades. Ownership of land and availability of necessities as well as extras has increased exponentially. Except in war-torn or politically destabilized regions. But then there are those who profit in destabilization. There always will be.

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            4. Weren’t Judeo-Christian principle responsible for feudalism too though? And the pagan Irish Brehon laws were more progressive than those in most European countries up until relatively modern times. I think your last comment (unfortunately) is the guiding principle for humanity—profit. Far too many follow the principle of benefiting from others’ misfortune, poverty, ignorance.

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            5. Feudalism was the result of the last stages of the Roman Empire’s decline, when excessive tax burdens and the corrupt system of tax collection ended up robbing people of their land and placing it in the hands of a few. Voila, feudalism, as people were now deprived of mobility and tied to the land via their feudal lord. Alas, the greedy and rapacious are always with us. There have always been pockets of limited enlightenment, but never the global enlightenment we see now, where all are considered children of God, because made in His image. This has eroded ancient embedded structures of power on a scale never seen before. All people being equal in the sight of God is a revolutionary idea that has overtaken the world, and continues to do so.

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            6. I think the Roman Empire in the west, which was after all the basis of Christianity in Europe, had fallen several hundred years before feudalism became established. We’d had the Carolingian Empire since and the formation of a military caste that was difficult to control. Feudalism divided up power between three pillars, Temporal, Secular and Military. The Church was central to feudalism and remained central to post feudal society right up to the French Revolution.
              We’re going to have to agree to differ on our interpretation of history and the role of Christianity. It’s one of those things that you either get or you don’t. Like atheism. Once you start to see things without the religious mirror, it’s impossible to see them any other way.

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            7. I understand where you’re coming from, but as to feudalism it really did begin with the Roman Empire’s unwieldy and corrupt system of taxation. All our assumptions about religion, even whether or not atheism itself is a religion, are worth re-examining from time to time. But that is a matter of individual resolve. Anyway, Jane, I enjoyed getting to know you a little better through this chat🙂

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            8. They always say you should never discuss religion or politics but what else is there to argue about?
              I would never describe atheism as a religion. It’s just common sense 🙂

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            9. Heh. And on that note . . . But seriously, who actually agrees on everything?? And why should we? Any illuminating shaft of enlightenment we garner is best shared in poetry against which we ought not to have any defense: this sincere form of communion and perhaps community.

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            10. Nobody agrees on every subject, you’re right and it’s good to air differences. There’s a nasty climate at the moment of ‘good’ forms of intolerance and ‘bad’ ones. Many people won’t express an opinion, possibly won’t even form one, for fear of offending. We find it a lot among young people and adolescents. Mustn’t say that, it’s offensive to so-and-so. Pathetic really.

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