2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Quick note on selecting poems for the anthology: I plan to pull poems on average 5-7 days after the prompt is first posted. So I’ve pulled poems from days 1-3. Poets can keep sharing, but they won’t be considered for the anthology. Soon, I’ll pull day 4, and so it will proceed.

For today’s prompt, write a future poem. The future might mean robots and computer chips. The future might mean apocalyptic catastrophes. The future might mean peace and understanding. The future might mean 1,000 years into the future; it might mean tomorrow (or next month). I forecast several poems in the near future to be shared below.


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Here’s my attempt at a Future Poem:


you are going to die
that much is certain

also you will experience great joy
and tremendous sorrow in your life
before you eventually die

at times you will feel as if
everyone is out to get you
and that everything hits at once
then you will die

there will be other times
when the world feels designed
just for you and your happiness
though ultimately you’ll kick the bucket

you may wish to know when
and how and if there’s a way out
but that will cost you extra
and you’re still going to die


Today’s guest judge is…

Nate Pritts

Nate Pritts

Nate Pritts

Nate is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Right Now More Than Ever. His poems, and writings about poetry, can be found in American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Poets & Writers and the annual Poet’s Market.

He founded H_NGM_N, an online journal and small press, and continues to serve as Director. Nate lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Learn more here: http://www.h-ngm-n.com/nate-pritts/


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Poems, Prompts & Room to Add Your Own for the 2014 April PAD Challenge!

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Poetic posts to check out…in the future!


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667 thoughts on “2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

  1. stepstep


    Bring your dollar bills
    Her sign reads,
    I will read your future
    A subtle plead.

    I see your joy
    I see your pain,
    Some days are filled with sunshine
    Some days are filled with rain.

    No matter what I see tells me
    I seem to feel or know,
    That my future is uncertain
    That is how life will go.


  2. SugarMagnolia

    I remember when I was thirteen
    Listening to John Cougar Mellancamp sing “Jack and Diane”
    Hearing the lyrics, “Hold onto sixteen as long as you can”
    And thinking it would be so cool to be sixteen
    I couldn’t wait

    I remember when I was sixteen
    Watching one of my favorite movies, “St. Elmo’s Fire”
    The character Jules says, “I never thought I’d be so tired at twenty-two”
    I felt like twenty-two was another lifetime
    I was ok with waiting

    I remember when I was twenty
    I was watching “When Harry Met Sally”
    In a touching and silly scene Sally says she’s, “gonna be forty…someday”
    I couldn’t even imagine what life would be like at forty
    I felt like time started going a bit fast

    I have a file cabinet in my head now at forty-five
    Of all the movies and lyrics I’ve seen and heard
    How did the future get here so quickly?
    I want it to slow down

  3. IndiFox

    The Reaper

    “I don’t think about the future”
    He said, cutting into my flesh
    “I like to live in the now”
    He said, admiring my organs
    “What about you?”
    He questioned me
    As if expecting a response
    “Not talking eh?”
    He chuckled, and placed pliers to my ribs
    “Well just listen”
    “Because boy, have I got stories to tell”
    And with that he took out my heart

  4. bbjzmn

    day 10
    I swear my child tomorrow you will live

    you will scratch the earth and smell the sun

    you will kick and climb over, under, and through

    you will soar high and see far pass the horizon

    you will even discover everything you ever what to be is and is yours for the taking

    but for now please go to sleep so tomorrow can come