The Future

For Magaly’s Prompt at Real Toads.  We are to take one of the 13 lines listed form Kerry’s Poetry, exactly as the line is written.  a beautiful prompt.  Kerry is a fine poet and an excellent artist, drawer of Tarot Card.  I fell in love with Toads when I found the site.  I thought some of the finest poets in the blogosphere posted their poems there. I still do.  I bow to Kerry in her greatness.  NOTE:  I used to live about 2 miles from the Dry Falls in the illustration.

The Future
“A weird time in which we are alive. We can travel anywhere we want, even to other planets. And for what? To sit day after day, declining in morale and hope.” ― Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

the future arrives just as water
turns into a dry fall
jutting from the side of the mountain.
we walked underneath it
looking through the water at the
river below us –
we stood in the cave behind it and
and held each other close
the future arrives just as water
turns into mist on a cold grey day
turning the trees into mysteries.
the future is there… looking back at us –
trying to make sense of the
fiction we will have become.

Dry Falls Highlands, NC

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Magaly Guerrero
    Dec 13, 2019 @ 22:19:08

    So interesting, the idea of the future in the past… looking back at what was.

    And that is a stunning image. I bet you spent a lot of time around the falls.


  2. Helen L Dehner
    Dec 13, 2019 @ 22:25:13

    I got a chill, a sense of foreboding ~~ which means your poem hit home!


  3. Kerry
    Dec 14, 2019 @ 01:45:34

    The waterfall is such a strong trope in this poem, Toni. The cave, the source of life, the dissipation all come together very well.

    PS. No bowing, please, but a friendly wave in my direction is always welcome.


  4. sanaarizvi
    Dec 14, 2019 @ 09:26:34

    This is incredibly eloquent. I resonate with; “the future arrives just as water turns into mist on a cold grey day turning the trees into mysteries.”


  5. fireblossom32
    Dec 14, 2019 @ 11:52:14

    Omg, I can’t believe how similarly we wrote for this vampire prompt, even though we chose different lines! Great minds, as they say. I had not read yours, and just now wrote mine, so maybe it was vibrations in the air?


    • kanzensakura
      Dec 14, 2019 @ 12:07:42

      Vibes of great minds percussing off each other. I don’t usually care for vampire prompts but this gave an opportunity to re-read Kerry’s poems

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  6. Sherry Marr
    Dec 14, 2019 @ 16:16:47

    This is wonderful, Toni……I see the embrace behind the waterfall, the future looking back trying to make sense of it all.


  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Dec 14, 2019 @ 23:22:33

    I’ve never been behind a waterfall but have some semblance of how it would feel now… just beautiful.


  8. kim881
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 03:33:29

    I agree, Toni, that this is a beautiful prompt and a celebration of Kerry’s poetry. We chose the same line – not for the first time, I think. I love the way you develop it into a picture of a real place, repeating the line to take us deeper into the waterfall.. These lines will stay with me:
    ‘the future arrives just as water
    turns into mist on a cold grey day
    turning the trees into mysteries.’


  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 15:38:04

    This seems to be the most common line to chose, but still all the poems are so vastly different… the future always seems like something that flows by.


  10. Susie Clevenger
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 18:35:34

    The future will spill over us as long as we breathe….Love how you were inspired to write this. Waterfalls are so beautiful.


    • kanzensakura
      Dec 15, 2019 @ 18:38:11

      Especially the dry falls. A out 4 miles from this ine is Bridal Veil Falls which is more highly elevated and comes straight off the side of.the mountain.

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  11. Pratibha
    Dec 15, 2019 @ 21:51:44

    How the view changes with observation point, even for the future.


  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Dec 17, 2019 @ 00:00:29

    How beautifully you have used Kerry’s words to underline your own experience.


  13. purplepeninportland
    Dec 19, 2019 @ 20:41:47

    I like the point of view here. Also, the Philip K. Dick quote was fitting.


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