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Friday, January 1, 2010


For Sunday Scribblings - A New Leaf
And posted to Naisaiku Challenge?
And The American Sandwich


Readers, watchers, avid fans
Of Space Age books and movies
Brought up on Science Fiction
Stories that got ‘Lost In Space’

Stories that informed us
The Future would arrive
In time for Century Twenty One
Year Two Thousand; Y2K

Extra-Terrestrial beings
Of Superior Intellect
Provide the opportunity
To take the initiative

Miracle cures for all ailments
Telepathic transportation
Sophisticated computers
That speak and think like us

Robot/Android workforce
Paper a thing of the past
War consigned to History
Famine and Poverty too

A decade of ‘Future’ later
Ten years passed are now past tense
Sick commuters with sick computers
Millions starve; Wars rage on

Anti-climax despite ‘Giant Leaps’
That sadly fell short of the mark
Newspaper headline this New Year
‘It Isn’t The Future Yet!’


Casual stroll of mis-spent youth precedes the frantic sprint of old age.
Along the way to what we make of our time, most of it is wasted.
Finish line in sight now and it seems people are dying to get there.


Older and wiser
Another decade passes
New Year Twenty Ten
New Year Twenty Ten
Another decade passes
Older…sure; wiser…?


  1. I've been deep into Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall," and reflecting on how the 16th Century wasn't that much different than the 20th/21st. The veneer of civilization may be a little shinier on some parts of the globe but it's still pretty thin. Torture heretics/torture terrorists; 9/11-Gunpowder Plot; I'm sure the list can go on and on. Ah, Wilderness.

  2. Thanks Richard; Same old, same old...time for a real change...

  3. I like your buffet of sandwich. Naisaiku rings true. We could have been there in 2009 except... I have a feeling we're being re-reeled. Arg.
    Happy twennyten! Do you know if twennytwenny will bring good hindsight?

  4. This isn't the future I envisioned a decade ago. Some parts fell short of, others surpassed my expectations. I guess it all balances out in the end.

  5. Thanks to:
    Tumblewords; Perhaps not even 2020 vision...
    Narasnook; Put those shades away for another decade...

  6. Great enjoyment of verse types. But I hope you have a happier view than your verses!

  7. Thanks Rinkly Rimes; No worries, I have my rose-tinted lenses...!

  8. Phew, dying to get there? Isn't that the only way out? It's free to get in, but it's costing me a fortune right now!

    Thanks for taking The NaiSaiKu Challenge? and for playing The American Sandwich game.. btw there will be a new prompt for both of the above coming very soon!!!

  9. Thanks Andy, I was hoping you'd see this - thought it might provoke a new challenge?/game.

  10. I like the tongue in cheek feel of this. We do take our intelligent predictions awfully seriously don't we. We don't really know a whole lot more than we ever did. Well said.

  11. Thanks Dee; I suppose we always want to see things in our own lifetimes that just don't stand a chance of featuring in them.