2000 AD



We are all sad, my captain
The planet is serene and beautiful
Possessed myriad species, one quite advanced
Yet its signal an artifact, that and no more

The blue green hue from algal seas
Radioactive resistant, fluorescing in sun
Life on land swarming inverterbrates
Investing endless ruins

Yes, they were space faring
Hive cities, most close to seas
The signal allows us to define their demise
Radioactive timer set at 2000 sun circuits
Broadcasting the speeches of one Enver Hoxha
A local crime boss from what we can find
Concrete hut-fortresses litter his land

We don’t know why he sent this late signal
Your disappointment only mirrors mine
This our thirtieth Auto-Destruct world
Perhaps machine life is our best way forward

Astroarcheology already en route
The mourning team as well
We may learn from these fools
Perhaps just enough to keep life alive

Posted in ETs.