A High Priest of Profit

ascended the pulpit

to expound on the Doctrine

of Perpetual Growth.

More is More!” he told us,

& “The Bigger the Better!”

You can’t escape Progress

or fight City Hall!”


For Growth is inescapable,

he went on to explain,

a Great Force of Nature

like Gentrification or Gravity,

its’ tidal tug anchors us

to a solid foundation of Common-sense,

yes to the good, old solid-ground,

the basic bedrock of Materialism,

otherwise known

as Real Estate.

Invest in Land, folks”, he assured us,

They’re not making anymore!”

Perhaps not,” I replied from the pews,

But they are involved in a constant process

of infilling & subdividing,

an endless encroachment

on floodplains & skylines.

It’s the old Monopoly Game gone Mad,

you know the drill; chop down

all the trees & quickly fill your Square

with shoddy housing tracts

with lousy wiring

and gimcrack motels

clad in flammable facades,

so that next thing you know

there is a ‘Mysterious Fire’

and you’ve cleared the block nicely

for the next stage in ‘Urban Renewal’

and Greater Profits.”


So remember, Realty is Reality

and only Money Counts

and Subtracts (and Sub-contracts)

and Divides (& Conquers)

and Multiples,

and goes forth

& is fruitful

and devours the famished Earth.




The Reverend Hellfire is a Practised Performance Poet,

and an Ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanism

AND the Church of the Universe.

He will be making a full report.



~ by reverendhellfire on December 31, 2018.

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