After The Writing

This poem is a parody of Neil Young’s song “After the Garden.” Young’s song is about the pollution and exploitation of the earth. My poem, on the other hand, is about a hypothetical situation in which all written human knowledge is uploaded into computers, and the computers suddenly stop working. What would happen in that case? Would people (A) fall back to a primitive existence in which theft, attack, and murder are the norm, or (B) connect their minds to the universal mind, which provides all the inspiration that is needed at each moment? Or would some people be ruled by (A), while others would be attracted to (B)?

 

Won’t need no technocrats
Running the public schools
Won’t need no English class
Won’t need no bookshops
Won’t need no laptops
After the writing is gone
After the writing is gone
After the writing is gone

How will people live?
After the writing is gone
How will people play?
After the writing

Won’t need no math class
To fill all our minds
With symbols and models
Won’t need no equations
To plan our invasions
After the writing is gone
After the writing is gone
After the writing is gone

What will people think?
After the writing is gone
What will people dream?
After the writing

After the writing is gone
After the writing is gone
After the writing is gone
After the writing is gone
After the writing is gone