Exercise 190702

Empty moon, witness and

participant to time’s ravages,

how long before we

sprawl our suburbs your

way and extend our

sway over your virgin

landscape and take

possession of every piece

of you, like here.


For one day soon

we will venture out

and seize what’s ours.

By then, we will

have vessels venturing forth

everywhere, claiming one and

all. As on Earth,

so in the heavens.


Other planets, hostile or

not; what our feet

supplants belongs to us.

And if we can’t

peaceably settle, or come

to some arrangement, if

we want it badly,

we will gladly fight

for it. After all,

haven’t we fought since

the beginning. From womb

to our last breath,

we yield unwillingly. We

are humanity but no

timid species. Cultured yet

brutal; learned yet savage;

fearful yet brave. We

claim what’s there if

no one else owns

it. And if they

do, what do we

care. We were born

to rule over all.


Have we not conquered

our own planet, made

it into our own

image. Have we not

pushed the envelope, stretched

the boundaries, forged new

ways? Luna, what chance

do you stand, pock-marked

and silent when your

neighbour eyes you and

covets you ripe for

the taking. Sleep thus

and while away in

your forever orbit while

we prepare to arrive

in numbers and gleefully partition

you like whalers and sealers

and real estate magnates

and ultimately mining corporations.


Yes, your future is mapped

out already. All it

needs now is the

go-ahead. But first

we have to sort

out some internal problems.

Once we do, look

out. You won’t what

hit you. No, siree!


© 2017 L. Tafa





Author: b20f08

I enjoy solo wargaming and writing. The first caters to the boy that never grew up; the latter satisfies a deep desire to communicate. Cheers.

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