For Your Children (or: Dead Ahead)

About five billion years from now
The earth will be devoured by the sun,

But you won’t have to wait too long
To see immense destruction:

Cities quickly turning into gas chambers
And ovens, pestilence and famine,

People digging corpses up
And eating them,

If we don’t shut the engines, end
The rule of exploitation, turn

The cities of the planet
into salutary gardens.

And if this should discombobulate
Some businessmen, Well, fuck ‘em.


Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at and on twitter @elliot_sperber