Through the Eye of the Needle – Millennium


it was the year 2000: an anachronism;
the expectations dubbed on the millennium
the years of speculation and science fiction
—doomsayers predicting the end

and here it was upon us—
we waited with bated breath for the events of history
to come to their fullness; for the world to start afresh

and where was I while all this history
was taking place? on my way to work
just like all the other 6 billion people
on this hot little planet

no apocalypse
no war of man against god
not even a three billion year old rock
hurtling through space to annihilate us

peace was busting out all over
bagpipes were blasting in Scotland Yard
people were dancing; waving freedom’s flag

walls came crashing, war tanks trashed;
the sounds of wild parties competing
with the cries of the crowds shouting
in the euphoric ecstasy of the moment

freedom had become a commodity
accessible to all; like toilet paper—
easily looted from your neighborhood embassies

now all these wondrous turn of events were making me thirsty,
so I wandered to the tap and topped-off another glass of death
clear as crystal; disguised as fresh from the mainline pipes
of metro H2O fabrication plants; filtered
to an exquisite dilution of river sludge
ground water seepage, invisible
to the naked eye

…and drank myself to death

-The Professor


16 responses

  1. i still have somewhere back home a collection of papers from the Millennium, as i was a paper boy at a local paper shop & the owner gave them me. i remember pubs with end of the world parties & deals & really feeling some impending doom was around the corner. On my round in the cold January, i felt a newness but ultimately a little disappointment that something big didn’t really occur.

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    • I took an adult college course just before the Millennium. Our final paper was a scenario of what we could expect. I wrote something about China conquering the world not by war, but by persuasion—something or other like that—becoming the world power with it’s mix of socialist capitalism, borrowing their blueprint from the Singaporean example of strict conduct, personal freedom and financial prosperity. Predictions never come true though, do they? But, it prompted a lot of what’s coming up in my posts for the next couple of weeks, so it wasn’t a complete waste. I had fun living through that era. I remember watching the New Years Eve celebrations on TV, waiting for the y2k bug to strike, expecting the screen to go blank, or my computer to turn into a pile of smoke and melted plastic.

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      • i think conquering by persuasion is not far off. The Chinese created a space for businesses to produce for exponentially lower prices & has seen the profits of major corporations sky rocket, that is definitely a form of persuasion, a scratch my back i’ll scratch yours scenario only the elite can participate in. But then the elite think that giving us the option to buy what we want or at least be part of a society where i may eventually get it, is doing us a favour. i don’t know if getting stuff is really what makes us humans, but then people show me otherwise. Camus does say quantity is what makes the absurd man.

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          • There have been plenty of those changes if you go back with a comb though our history, We cannot think we are a rigid because of what is happening now, we are exceptionally flexible when it comes to alterations in environmental factors.

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            • Ah, the optimism of the millennials! My generation started this fight for the earth. The seventies was a big era for change The skies over American cities were as bad as Asia’s current state. Devastating. Driving into Las Vegas or Phoenix was like entering a dust cloud. New York City’s was a different kind of pollution—a gritty, smelly soot that coated your nose by the end of the day. Many beaches across America were so contaminated, they had “Beach Condemned—No Swimming ” signs. Our generation fixed a big part of that. Your generation, too, with the awareness of global warming and depletion of resources, renewable energy. Let’s hope the kids carry the baton to the finish. We need to save the future from ourselves.

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              • Ha, i am far from optimistic. But i am sort of pleased it comes across that way. People are able to change , but the statistics driven, consumerism creates a tidy equilibrium, which looks very difficult to sever. That is what a task driven, goal orientated culture creates: equilibrium at the expense of our freedom to think clearly, because we are so concerned with results & getting those results out the way so we can either buy stuff or intoxicate ourselves. i don’t even blame people, i blame the systems that offer easy answers at the expense of destabilization in the countries of the OTHER. i am sure the logical conclusion will play out: some catastrophic happens & causes uproar & then people’s wants are changed & those who profit from us have to change too. It’s a matter of time.

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