In the year 2018
what was good was now ugly, not clean
with the rules all sent out the door
the middle class all became poor.
In the year 2019
All was brown, nothing was green.
The streams ran brown with dirt and slime.
And no one called it a crime.
In the year 2020
America was no longer the land o' plenty
Nothing there unless you were the 1 percent
Most folks couldn't pay their rent.
In the year 2021
No more elections, Democracy was done.
They tore down the Statue of Liberty
Because the copper was worth money.
In the year 2022
The people cried out, what can we do?
No one heard their simple pleas
So they turned to anarchy.
In the year 2023
While the rest of the world feel to its knees
American bombs made the sky sing
The guy in charge named himself king.
In the year 2024
Europe decided it wouldn't take any more.
Their forces gathered one by one
To teach America that it was done.
In the year 2025
The old king fell over and died.
His sons and his daughter too
Took over so they could rule.
In the year 2027
All the religions preached about heaven
said this time was the judgement day
so we should all fall on our knees and pray.
In the year 2028
Spite and malice, and lots of hate
were the things that people felt
as all the ice caps were lost to melt.
In the year 2030
With the streams and air both too dirty
people dying in the streets in pain
their skin burned up by acid rain.
Now it has been 13 years
In that time humanity disappeared
We sat and watched while the world was destroyed
by the corporate good ol' boys.
They died too with their money in hand
It couldn't save them from a polluted land.
But now the Earth, free of humanity
Will make herself green and clean.
With much apologies to "In the Year 2525" is a 1969 hit song by the American pop-rock duo of Dennis Zager and Rick Evans. I wrote this in 10 minutes (this morning!) whilst under the spell of a mild fever because I have some kind of respiratory thing and this is part of my feverish visions.
Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 493rd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.