This poetry open call will take some imagination and test your skills. The year is 2110, and we are about to enter 2111. As you look over the past year of 2110, what are your predictions for 2111? What will the world be like in 2111? Will we even be here? Give us your best guess as to the type of world we will have in 2110, and what you hope for in 2111. Use any poetic form you like, and use your imagination.
My humble attempt is below. Thanks.
January 1, 2111 – A New America
With the Tea Party firmly in control,
And the Fox News’ People’s Party running second,
I wish for the return
Of the old Republican and Democratic parties.
Of course they were crooked as “all get out,” but
At least we had a chance to elect them.
Not like today,
When focus groups select a President.
Fox News said it is more representative
Of the people’s choice
I don’t know about that.
I am also not wild about the new laws
That go into effect today either.
Where am I going to find the money
For the new cameras in my house.
I just put out a bunch of money,
To hook my computer to
TSA’s central command post.
NSA is coming next.
I am not happy about that
New Amendment to the Constitution.
Fox News said it is necessary
To protect us against terrorism.
We haven’t had an act of terrorism
In over fifty years.
Now the “land of immigrants”
Is the land of “nobody gets in.”
White, Anglo-Saxon, heterosexual males
With engineering or science degrees
Are still allowed in by NSA, but
Everyone else…forget it.
When we used to have a free Internet
Things seem to be easier.
Now, it takes so much time
To clear through Fox News and NSA before publishing.
It is bad enough that we have to have
the computer chip in our arm scanned everywhere we go,
now our National ID cards are matched against
the Fox News People's Database for the "Patriotism Factor."
I hope next year brings freedom;
Freedom to disagree;
Freedom to move around; and
Freedom to be free.