National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 13: Humanity gets a reboot

My Day 13 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which involves writing ‘a poem in the form of a news article you wish would come out tomorrow.’ 

13 April 2021

EARTH, Solar System (Assoc. Fantasy Press) —

The presence and will of the Creator
apparently became tangible today.
Around the world, citizens awoke to news of a new reality,
announced by the following message
appearing simultaneously on every screen in existence,
as well as in every newspaper on every newsstand:

GOOD MORNING.
THERE ARE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW.

YOU ARE GIVEN ONE MORE CHANCE.

Your souls have been refreshed, your minds reset.
Your core personalities remain, and your creativity,
and your knowledge of fundamental subjects—
language, math, science, art, music—
but in all other respects, you are new.
Your collective knowledge and individual characters 
have been scrubbed of all defects and deficits.

Your bodies have also been refreshed, restored 
to perfect health and your ideal shapes 
as you wished them to be before the reset.

The world you inhabit has also been refreshed, restored,
reset, though the basic structures of cities, towns, and villages
remain and will be familiar.

The air is clean and clear.
The water is pristine and plentiful.
The soil is rich and fertile.
The climate is in perfect balance.
Foliage and forests are plentiful, as is wildlife.
Population is more evenly distributed.

The basic modes of transport still exist,
but have also been updated, their flaws removed.

The basic societal structures and institutions still exist,
but have also been updated, their flaws removed.

The world is at peace.

Except for your awareness of your friends and family,
your basic memories of childhood, and your favorite songs,
you will not be aware that anything has changed.

This new existence is the only one you know;
this is the first you are hearing of a prior existence.

Only one aspect of that prior existence has been retained:
its documented history.

Let it inform you of what can happen.
Let it warn you that actions have consequences.
Let it serve as examples of what not to do. 

AS OF THE MOMENT YOU AWAKENED THIS MORNING,
YOU ARE LIVING A NEW EXISTENCE IN A NEW REALITY.

MAKE GOOD DECISIONS.
YOU WILL NOT BE GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE.

As of the publication of this article,
libraries everywhere are reporting spikes in numbers of visitors,
both in-person and online.

Our correspondents are among those doing research;
their reports on their initial findings will appear over the next few days.

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(12 April 2021 — posted April 13th)

 

 


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3 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 13: Humanity gets a reboot

  1. Oh, if only…

    Devoutly to be wished.

    Meisterwork, perfectly responsive to prompt. My hat is off.

  2. Let’s hope the final chance is treated with care and respect. Final will be final. Great poem!

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