In the Name of Progress – a poem

In the Name of Progress
State of the Art

In the Name of Progress

by John Hansen © 2014


State of the art,

Groundbreaking

Architecture.

 

Most expensive

Apartment building

Of its time.

 

Luxuriously appointed

Modern apartments,

In high demand.

 

Time passes,

Priorities change,

Technology advances.

 

People move on,

Upscaling or retiring,

Sea changing.

 

Apartments fall vacant,

For sale but not selling,

Upkeep expensive.

 

Bricks and mortar ages,

Maintenance lapses,

Unsightly safety hazard.

 

“Resume the land,” the council says,

A new shopping centre planned,

More financially viable.

 

Demolished – Imploded – gone!

Vacant land, but not for long.

Construction begins.

 

State of the art,

Groundbreaking

Architecture.

 

Most expensive

Shopping complex

Of its time.

 

Luxury upmarket stores,

Crowds rush in,

Spend, spend, spend.

 

Time passes,

Priorities change,

Technology advances.

 

Customer spending drops,

Demands change,

Internet shopping booms.

 

Stores fall vacant,

For lease but no takers,

Upkeep expensive.

 

Demolished - imploded - gone
Demolished – imploded – gone

Bricks and mortar ages,

Maintenance lapses,

Unsightly safety hazard.

 

“Resume the land,” the council says,

A new apartment building planned,

More financially viable.

 

Demolished – imploded – gone!

Vacant land, but not for long.

Construction begins.

 

State of the art,

Groundbreaking

Architecture.

 

Most expensive

Apartment building

Of its time.

………………..

 

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

6 thoughts on “In the Name of Progress – a poem

  • May 16, 2016 at 4:34 PM
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    And the progress continues … This is such an insightful look into something “better” in the name of progress. Well done, John. I enjoyed reading and relating to changes.

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  • May 17, 2016 at 12:28 AM
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    Chris, If it isn’t already, “Societal Insanity” should be a common term. If you coined it, well done. Thanks for the compliment and for sharing this too.

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  • May 17, 2016 at 4:43 AM
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    All things are eventually wiped clean from being, even us. A reminder of how technology and change effect modern lives; it all seems so crazy, so wasted in resources, in cost, just to keep up with expectations. Well penned John

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  • May 17, 2016 at 9:11 AM
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    Tony, such blatant waste annoys me. When there are so many suffering and homeless, the money could be better spent. Thanks for reading.

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