a guided tour…

welcome
to the earth
memorial museum
please remember
no flash photography
or
touching is permitted
further
try not to gasp
at some of the sights
you’ll see
our scientists
have determined
it has
a
negative
effect on living matter
let’s go inside
and
take a look
at earth’s
anti-civilization period
in this section
you will see items
that required
fossil fuels
as a source
of energy
for their use
resulting
in the total decimation
of the atmosphere
a somewhat
pathetic period
but
evolution
always
has it’s down sides
within this display
is a tree
although
now growing
in a protective dome
they were
once
a dominant feature
of earth
this
is the last
of its species
it’s called
a polar bear
unfortunately
our breeding program
has failed
and
cloning
has not
produced similar creatures
but
don’t worry
it will be
stuffed
and
on display
for your children
now
of all
the items
in the museum
this is
the most
unusual
please
remember
what
i said
about gasping
as we
view
the video
in the amphitheater
called
humans

franklin…

he was
a part-time
philosopher
and full-time drunk
dispensing
sage advice
prophecies
and
profanity
with the same
propensity
asking
me
on more than
one occasion
while
carefully
balancing
his
brown paper bag
if it’s
true
that museums
have to return
stolen antiquities
to
indigenous peoples
how come
the
gold
ain’t returned
by the
church