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Probably Possible: A Simple Poem for a Big Problem

Probably Possible: A Simple Poem for a Big Problem

By: Andrew Gavin Marshall


I would like to weave you a tale of modern humanity,

That great and wonderful monstrous calamity,

With its global institutionalization of insanity,

Aiming for maximization of profitability,

Control over everything, and everything as property,

War on the Natural world, and all of its majesty,

Creating an endless unnatural catastrophe,

Barack O’Bombing our problems, and spreading the tragedy,

Accelerating, everywhere, the worst of depravity,

Constructing a criminal system of perpetual poverty,

Submerged in a cultural celebration of mediocrity,

Filled with empty values and never-ending hypocrisy,

And therein lies the instructional logical fallacy:

That unless we change our ways, and the Nature of Society,

Unless we do not discover the true Nature of Humanity,

Then the extinction of our species will be the grand finale.

If we choose to adhere to some sort of instinct for self-preservation,

Then we would have to imagine new ideas for social organization,

Reaching out to others to coordinate global mobilization,

Charting a new path to a humane concept of globalization,

A new era – built from the bottom-up – through creative cooperation.

However, humanity:

First, just stop all of this Madness and Insanity!

I know it’s a lot to ask, and a lot of responsibility,

But if this is Order, Civilization, and the Realm of Possibility,

Then please, give me nothing, nothing but Anarchy!

If it’s a choice between probability and possibility,

Then I choose Hope in creative capacity,

In the possibility of avoiding our current probability,

With human extinction as an inevitability.

I prefer the choice without certain tragedy,

The unknown, yet boundless possibility.

Will it work? Who knows! It’s Humanity.

But it’s probably possible,

And just possibly probable,

If You decide it to be.


  1. meghan marshall says:

    I just banged this out. Totally inspired. Have a listen. I did an angrier version but im gonna keep working on it till i get it exactly right. Word brotha. Power to the people!!

  2. Suzanne says:

    Awesome, Andrew! You got it right. Thank you!

  3. Todd says:

    Very good poem! Well done Andrew.

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