Oil on Titan


And did great claws in ancient time

slash upon Titan’s pitch-dark hills?

And did huge towering lizards roar

through Saturn’s moon’s subzero chills?


And did their mighty bones decay

and seep through Titan’s frozen soil?

Who cares about the reason why

that distant moon yields lovely oil?


Bring me my bombs of Yankee gold!

Bring me my warplanes that can fire!

Bring me a rumour, a claim so bold,

and many a young man’s funeral pyre!


I will not cease from fiscal gain,

my empire not cease to expand,

till we have built New Babylon

on Titan’s barren, lifeless land.










© Gammon 2020
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