Transatlantic Cable 9 – Gutta-Percha

gutta-percha
Palaquium gutta by Franz Köhler

 

Transatlantic Cable 9 – Gutta-Percha

Forests gone
Stop
Trees no more
Stop
From Formosa down to Singapore
They hacked them down
Stop
Shore to shore
Stop
Felled them for the precious sap they bore

Send a message
Round the globe
To spare the trees that let your message probe
Stop
Send a message
In good faith
To spare the trees that keep your message safe
Stop
Send a message
To the top
Or else some day all messages must
Stop

Perished rubber
Turns to brittle
Gutta-percha won’t degrade a little
Latex stretches
So does leather
Gutta-percha keeps its form forever

Send a message
Through the gloam
To spare the trees that bring your message home
Stop
Send a message
Dit by dah
To spare the trees that speed your message far
Stop
Send a message
Spare the crop
Or else some day all messages must
Stop

 

 

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