Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 105

Before we get into this week’s prompt, I just want to shine a light on Bruce Niedt’s call for submissions, which he shared in the comments of yesterday’s post. The call for submissions is for the publication Up and Under: The QND Review. (Click here to learn more.)


For this week’s prompt, write a future poem. It’s up to you to decide what a future poem is. You could write about future events (good or bad); you could write in the style of what you think future poems may be (all sestinas?); or you could go in some other futuristic direction. I’m looking forward to the near future to see how everyone tackles this one.

Here’s my attempt:

“The way events unfolded on television”

We had it coming once we shifted our focus
from survival to our entertainment. As bats
and amphibians were being killed by fungus,
we were watching ourselves on reality shows.
Bees began disappearing and so did the ice–
warning signs were posted along our avenues,
but no one was outside long enough to notice.


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208 thoughts on “Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 105

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    Navajo Prophecy
    by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    The first time
    Grandfather became angry,
    whole civilizations vanished
    and an ice age began.

    It was good to have
    peace and tranquility
    once more but, eventually
    he missed the sound
    of his children.

    The second time around,
    he covered the great earth
    in floodwaters
    and prejudice
    but spared an Ark
    as an act of love.

    Prophecy has it
    the third and final time
    will involve the heavens
    opening and bleeding
    upon the land.

    In this world
    there are no winners
    and hyacinths will not
    bloom fast enough
    to matter anymore.

    © 2010 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

  2. Barbara Ehrentreu

    Sheila, thank you for your kind comments and with both you and Pearl urging me to follow the fire theme I will probably do that.:) There’s so much to get over that maybe I’ll be writing about this for a long time.

    Amy, FUTURE HEADLINES was both chilling and funny at the same time!

  3. Amy Barlow Liberatore

    Megan, I understand. It’s all going to the Web sooner or later. Call your US Senators and Rep., because a bill just passed committee that would give any president the OK to shut down the Web in the US if he or she deemed it a matter of natl security. Think the Wikileaks. Think where we would be!

    Meantime, I’m a huge fan of the printed page and always will be. Thx!