The Time Capsule

Hello Aliens, welcome toEarth.

Hello Aliens, welcome to Earth,
the abandoned planet you found
amongst the debris of satellites
that in the macrocosm abound.

You came upon a scorched land,
the remains of climatic disasters
that happened despite warnings
from scientists and forecasters.

In the wall of a charred building
a time capsule was immured
which contains the salient records
of what man had once endured.

Inside we put the story of Pinocchio,
a name you won’t have heard before.
It’s the tale of a mendacious puppet
and intended to be a metaphor.

As the lies he told increased tenfold
the length of his nose would grow
so that every time he uttered a fib
the entire universe did know.

We had politicians who also lied
and managed to avoid any blame;
even if the whopper was a big one
their nose’s size stayed the same.

I hope that container will help you
when you finally are able to suss
how to clear our mess and I wish
that you do a better job than us.

© Luigi Pagano 2019

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Poignant to say the least. 🙁


Unfortunately, I have to agree with you, Luigi.


I doubt anyone could make a worse mess of the planet than us. We all see it happening but nobody takes it on board. Sue.




No, the emoji pastes in but keeps disappearing on saving, back to the drawing board!

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