Looking Prophetic

I’ve been pouring over poetry that I’ve written – all the way back to 2008. That is a lot of poetry. Some of it is funny. Others are painfully bad. Surprisingly some of it is really good. And then there is the weirdly prophetic stuff. The reason behind the retrospective is that I’m putting together a compilation for my mother. It is very difficult to select the poems that I like that I know she’ll like. Back in 2011-16 I wrote a couple poems that are a scary description of COVID-19 isolation. During a bad spot at work (2014) I wrote some things that are eerily pertinent today. In 2016 I wrote some politically inspired posts that are more true today than they were when I penned them. Funny how that works. Anyway I thought that for snicks and giggles I’d repost a poem (2016) that describes the atmosphere of pointing fingers instead of acting on the scientific evidence to mitigate the impending pandemic…

Happiness has gone missing
And we fear the worst
Gather the usual suspects
Interrogate them first

Check hands for bloody stains
Angels and devils alike
Confirm all friends and lovers
We need evidence to strike

Authority has red stained hands
From beet root it is claimed
Yet we believe it is a lie
When he swears he’s being framed

He tacks a list of alibis
To change the way we think
Happiness was found alive
But teetering on the brink

Authority escaped the noose
And believes we’ll soon forget
But happiness still bears the scars
And we remain upset

58 thoughts on “Looking Prophetic

  1. Definitely relevant to today. What a nice thing to do for your mother. I once made up a special book of my poetry and gave it to my mother. I now have it back, since she has died. I hope she enjoys your poems Val

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    1. I’m glad you were able to get back the poems. My mother has wanted a collection of my poetry for awhile… It is no small task to compile a collection. The timelessness of poems is that they can be viewed through the lens of current events and that changes the whole thing no matter what was in the poets mind when it was written!!

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    1. Thanks! I have fun scheduled for this weekend and today is a baking day – making fruit pizza for a Friday get together. The power of poetry is that every reader filters the words through their own experiences, expectations and emotions. Poetry is in that way dynamic…

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  2. About Trump? I’ve noticed that poems I wrote early on in his reign of terror are even more true now. It’s also weird how words can take on new meaning, bent into metaphor by time and circumstance. I like your project idea. At her request, I made a binder with all my blog posts for my sister. She loves that she can flip through it anytime, without needing to be on the Internet. πŸ™‚

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    1. I wrote several about tRump but I went back and I was watching the Benghazi hearings… anyway it has been scary how so many of the poems I wrote are still applicable today. I tried not to be very political but sometimes you just have to stand up and shout “The emperor has no clothes!” I was going to just collect some poems, then she wanted them to have an appendix with the different poetry forms. And some of them I’m wanting to add the context… I hope I can get it done!!

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      1. I gave up trying not to be “too political” when Trump “won” the presidency.
        I lost only one FaceBook friend over it, and no one un-followed me on WP.
        Here are two posts I published shortly after the inauguration in 2017: https://justjoan42.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/impeachment-rhymes-with-orange/ and https://justjoan42.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/more-aaacks-than-bill-the-cat/. I pray the first scenario does not repeat itself (deja vu, insert “Biden” in place of “Clinton”). The second is written in the voice of Trump as he tries to hypnotize the American sheeple. Both are strings of limericks, so the rhythm should be ingrained in your brain by the time you’re done. πŸ™‚

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  3. It is not entirely surprising that the politics of the country have deteriorated since the last election (2016) — what is absolutely shocking, though, is the extent to which it has deteriorated!

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    1. Yes we have been on a downward spiral for some time. It is like the penny that is released and spirals slowly in a large circle and then gains speed as it heads to the center hole… by the time it gets to the middle it is going very fast and there is no stopping it!

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  4. Whether you text
    or tweet
    Sometimes the world remains the same
    the only thing which changes
    is we both have two eyes
    but our eyes see differently.

    Whether we change
    or recede
    Like memories we fight
    sometimes we must fight or lay witness to changes
    such is the life.

    and for us to move forward,
    sometimes we breed distention, revolt, and disrespect.
    we wait for independence day: July 4th to see new fireworks and hope
    we remain intact.

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    1. You should post this on your page! Perfect as we head to the 4th. BTW I fixed the typo. I’m hoping you will post more poetry since (I’m guessing) the semester is over and you have a few days breathing space.

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  5. Whoaaaaa…you gave me goosebumps Val…really….!!! You made me wanna look back at my own writing too..nahhh maybe not as prophetic as yours. Buth they say life is mysterious and so is a poet’s pen.

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  6. I printed and spiral bound all my poems for mother when I’d only written a few hundred, great keepers for me now she’s passed aas I wouldn’t have bothered otherwise πŸ™‚ So well worth the effort I assure you!

    you have insight and that’s reflected in your ability to see forthcoming obstacles …

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    1. Thanks for the pep talk. It is a labor of love for sure! I’m not what it is – second sight? Intuition? Maybe I’m just vague enough that it all applies?? hehe! I try not to take some things too seriously.

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      1. you’re fine and you will get there … not only will your mother be greatly appreciative but it will stand you in good stead to have some filed/ organised πŸ™‚

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        1. Oh I’ve got them organized – just not in any form ready for publication… Most of my poems are by date instead of topic. Probably not the best filing system to be able to retrieve them quickly.

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            1. True. I just wish I’d had been a little more thoughtful when I started but it was only a couple poems that has turned into years and years worth!

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    1. Hi David! Welcome to my little corner of WP. There are lots of writers and poets here. Some rhyme and some don’t and some only rhyme some of the time. You’ve made the first step – commenting. To gain friends and followers you will need to interact with others via comments on their posts. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks for the visit! We either grow or die – that is the basis of life… As for the poetry, I’m a notoriously bad judge of my own stuff. The ones that I like and think are so good don’t impress and the pieces that I’m embarrassed because they are (in my mind) horrible seem to be the ones everyone loves…

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  7. I can’t believe you ever wrote a bad poem. Even when you first started on xanga, you made my head spin with the intelligent words and thoughts that you poured out. Heh!

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    1. You make me blush! Thanks for your glowing praise!! I am not (and I don’t think I’ll ever be) a good judge of my own work. That is why this project of compiling poems for my mother is so difficult! I need an impartial editor.

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