The Proposal

Why heat two homes throughout the day
when in turn they could be shared?
One day yours, the next day mine –
the bills we could be spared!

We’d both get richer, and even warmer
and, now we’ve learned the trick,
we’d share a car on shopping days,
cut those fuel bills quite a lick.

So much waste, so much expense
in wasting what we need.
Mankind is living frugally;
I’m recommending greed:

Who doesn’t want the extra cash
that sharing more would bring?
The economy of scale, my queen,
makes every man a king.

And the notion could be wider spread
with locals spending less,
coordinating more and more;
the alternative is less:

Less spending power, and less control
of our separate, modern lives.
So let you and I get organised:
that’s how the species thrives.

Bind

Useless, the Rights of Man:
institutions and the state
and businesses that are too big
control our daily fate.

Powerless, in such numbers
we each are swamped by all
in cities in our millions
we are strangers more and more.

The cult of self so well divides,
we fear to unite
against the keyboards that delete
ineptly or in spite.

Binding is our source of strength,
not pursuing ‘live the dream’,
the state wants individuals,
not you and me, a team.

It wants us to believe that life
is buying, nothing more
and keeps us all distracted
with news that scares us all.

Well, now it seems the end is nigh:
individuals – we are doomed!
By looking out for Number One
our destruction is assumed.

This is how the world will end,
not a whimper or a bang
but a failure to be human beings.
Individually, we will hang.

A bank account that locals share
makes everybody rich
with a will to work together
if we dare to make the switch.

Alliances in time would bond,
conglomerating more
giving each of us a way at last
to even up the score.

Each human being protected by
only others of their kind;
the state now just a servant
attendant on mankind.

The size of economic units –
that’s where power lies,
and sharing means resources last
much longer if we’re wise.

So with no pain we’d ease the cost
to Earth of humankind.
We might even last forever
so use you minds – and bind.