Wednesday, April 22, 2020

DMC: "Come Future" by Michelle Kogan


Come to me future
Come to me now
through this tainted
coronavirus time

Conjure up mystery–
Let my mind slip in between
imagination and land
gently with wonder

Let us walk together welcoming human compassion
like we’ve never seen before

Let us become our earth’s eager caretakers
like we’ve never been before

Let us hold education up high offering her
to all wanting hearts with equal access

Let us wrap our healthcare warmly around all
shoulders within reach of each individual

Let us embrace and honor our diversities,
and school naysayers with compassion

Let us support and encourage creative arts
for all to participate, enrich in, and grow

Let altruistic acts of humanity run rampant,
become common place, and cherished

Let us breathe in hope,
and breathe out possibility

In depths of despair and darkness of humanity,
remind us to breathe, remember, and dream our passions…
Come to me future
Come to me now

© 2020 Michelle Kogan. All rights reserved.

Our final challenge from My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth by Patrice Vecchione (Seven Stories Press, 2020) is to write a poem about the future as you imagine it; peer into its unknown terrain, and see what you find. Click HERE for more details.

Post your poem on our April 2020 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, April 24th, and one lucky participant will win a copy of My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice, courtesy of the publisher.


  1. Such a soothing poem, Michelle— like a prayer for our planet and all humankind. Thank you. I especially love "Conjure up mystery–/Let my mind slip in between/imagination and land/gently with wonder" and "Let us breathe in hope/and breathe out possibility." Yes. Let's.

    1. Nice surprise, thanks for sharing my poem for Earth Day Michelle! Prayers–we could use many of those today.

  2. I am hopeful and feel better after reading your own call for us to carry on, Michelle. It's a poignant poem for this age, for this Earth Day. Thank you!

  3. Thanks Linda, we were given an excellent prompt–and a challenging one too!

  4. Beautiful call to the future - may we each do our part to make it so.