Monday, April 27, 2020

DMC: "Future Friends" by Janie Lazo


Someday soon I will
shake the hand of my neighbor
and say, Come right in

© 2020 Janie Lazo. All rights reserved.

This month we featured three challenges from My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry & Speaking Your Truth by Patrice Vecchione:
"These are the Hands": Write about the place that empathy has in your life—a time you offered compassion to another or a time it was freely given to you.

"Lost and Found": Write about a time you lost something or somebody. 

And "Into the Future: Take Yourself There Now": Write about that place called future, as you imagine it; peer into its unknown terrain, and see what you find.

Click on the challenge titles above for more details about each one and/or visit our end-of-month celebration to read other poems contributed. Submit your poem by 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 30th, to be entered in a random drawing for a copy of this outstanding guide to writing poetry, courtesy of Seven Stories Press.


  1. Well done capturing the future in 17 syllables, Janie! I am so ready for this future to arrive. You've got to feel for the folks who are moving during this time of coronavirus—it's hard to imagine taking on the stress of a move on top of everything else.

  2. It’s so true Michelle. As an Apartment Manager we have met new residents through Masks and social distancing. No warm greetings between new neighbors. No resident event to create the sense of community that our residents enjoy and love.. ah.. the future- Looking forward with eagerness and care.

  3. A wish you share with many, Janie! Thanks for this hopeful poem.