In fifty years a Culture can turn over, all the way over –
Maybe even faster now than ever before.
Investment builds on investment, and destruction on destruction.

I lived a whole cycle, from Space Age and Woodstock
to an accelerating cascade of systems failures.
Hope something new is borning now!

Every issue has been up and down and over and out
a thousand thousand times,
til not one attitude of Society remains the same.

Our Rulers are riding a broken vehicle,
its pistons misfiring, its compasses jammed,
mired in a too shallow canal.