NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 11 – “Retro Analysis” by David Ellis

Hey there friends.

Another day of catch up for NaPoWriMo. The prompt for this little excursion is to do with imagining writing a State of the Union speech or considering the future.

I found this video particularly relevant and inspiring when it came to writing to my poem 🙂

 

And now after that bit of funky hilarity, it’s time for the main event.

 

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Photo by ThoughtCatalog from Pixabay

“Retro Analysis” by David Ellis

By the time we get around to thinking about the future, it has already become the past

So, I’m thinking that the future requires a rebranding exercise, perhaps

If we know every shape, every curve, every line in advance

We’ll get so bored, we might as well sleep on wooden floors and eat water sandwiches

 

Do we really care what happens in the future, so long as our experiences are positive?

Tiptoeing around every mystery that life presents until the time is right and secrets are revealed

There is elegance in a grand design that leaves signs to nourish an analytical mind

Rather than go through the motions, we should be determined to let off some steam…and then some!

 

If life is to have any kind of meaning then spontaneity needs to feed eager feelings

There is nothing more frightening than staying to the end, with no twists or turns in between

We may not be taken to every single place of our own liking

But if we stay true to ourselves, everything doesn’t have to be set out in stone

A scenic route brings out the best food, drinks, entertainment and tunes

And if anything goes wrong then we also get amusing little anecdotes to perform to our friends and family too

 

Whether we focus on science or the renaissance, electric cars or breathtaking works of art

If there is a future with graffiti everywhere scrawled over the sky, obscuring the haunting beauty of the moon and the stars

Alter the script and flip it into something more likeable, a romantic comedy with colours and textures that are bright and breezy

 

We have more in common with each other than we could ever know

You can’t change the past but to the future you can take with you an infinite amount of dreams and hope

By all means make plans but go easy on the finer details

Just a glimpse, a little taste is enough, be content to let the wonder of life’s plans for you unfold

 

Still want more? How about some other entries that I care to mention for Day 11 from other poetic brethren? Sounds like a plan to me!

1. Ladyleemanila – J is for Jeffrey’s Sonnet
2. My Middle Name is Crazy – did you know
3. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – A Letter from My Future Self of 2038: NaPoWriMo, 2018, Day 11
4. THOUGHTS OF WORDS – Alley
5. MY OWN GARDEN OF VERSE – MEIN GARTEN DER GEDICHTE – NAPOWRIMO 11: AUS DEM SCHAUKELSTUHL
6. Unassorted stories – Contemporary vows
7. ORDINARY AVERAGE THOUGHTS – National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 11 – All I could ever be
8. 1st Non-Manuscript – Charlene Delfin’s second blog – Day 11: Projection
9. VOYAGE DES MOTS – MALATTIA
10. erbiage – April 11
11. Scrambled, Not Fried – Acolyte
12. My Author-itis – Clairvoyance? Never Heard of Her.
13. Tidbits by Shannon – three seeds
14. like mercury colliding… – Future Self – NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 11
15. MUOLLO – More than a name. – Expectations
16. RIVRVLOGR – Living for Now (and Then)
17. MY FEELINGS MY FREEDOM – NaPoWriMo Day 11: A Day in My Future
18. erbiage – a possible future
19. WHAT LIFE SAID TO ME – NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 11 – To love and to respect till death do us apart…I promise
20. method two madness – Here (Ici)
21. Gloria D. Gonsalves – NA/GLOPOWRIMO DAY 11: DESCENDANTS FROM THE ICE CREAM ERA
22. palimpsestic possibilities – for a future laid bare:
23. Flutterby’s NaPoWriMo – 2018 DAY 11- STATE OF MIND
24. Voiceless Fricative – The Point of No Return
25. Experience Writing – J is for Jeremiad
26. Orangepeel – Poetry and Miscellany by Bruce Niedt – PAD Day 11: Patching Potholes – Note to Future Highway Self
27. The Great Unknown – NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 11: Family Tree
28. Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings – White Blossoms Fall: NaPoWriMo, Day 11
29. ORIENTATION::QUILTER – Day Eleven, NaPoWriMo
30. grapeling – it could be that – straws / 11
31. inktuition – NaPoWriMo 2018 day 11: my future state of heart
32. Jane Dougherty Writes – On a hill, I’ll be
33. Woody & Johnny – Kaleidoscope
34. What Rhymes with Stanza? – Last Chapter
35. LILLIAN THE HOME POET – . . . carousel music rings in my ears
36. PAUL SCRIBBLES – W(OU)ND
37. Zouxzoux – Splendid Starscape
38. KATIE STATEN – NaPoWriMo #11 – This Afternoon
39. barbaraturneywielandpoetess – I get where you’re coming from
40. Frank J. Tassone – HAIKAI POETRY MATTERS – A Vision of the Future: a #tanka -bun
41. Closed Captioned For The Thinking Impaired – Eternal, unseen (NaPoWriMo Day 11)
42. Rhyme and Reason – Poetry Meets Film Reviews – When We First Met (2018)
43. Poetry by Hasen – Future Transcend
44. Summer Blues – A Poetry Blog – Two Poems for Day 11 – AI & Deal, No Deal
45. Purple Mountain Poetry – DAY 11: BOOK SPINE POEM ON THE STATE OF THE UNION THAT IS ME
46. kavyastream – Me
47. Real Momma Ramblings – Tomorrow’s Coming
48. QUEST FOR WHIRLED PEAS – NAPOWRIMO 2018 – DAY 11
49. JIM’S LITTLE PHOTO AND POEM PLACE – NaPoWriMo 2018-11 — Day 11, a Bad days for Boys
50. HEPHAESTUS’ WASTE & COSMIC RUBBLE – Day 11 – Who Can Say? I’m not There Yet
51. Poetic Pixels – Memories
52. S.T Marie – NaPoWriMo – Poem #11 – Crone Ascending
53. CLAIREVETICA – LIGHT LIFE
54. Author Emily Ramser – my reincarnation
55. HOSKING’S BLOG – #NaPoWriMo 2018 Day Eleven – Future Fortune

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4 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 11 – “Retro Analysis” by David Ellis

  1. The perfect poem for me today. I woke up in a funk, was dwelling on the past, went along with someone’s plan to take a road trip, destination left open. Tried focusing on the present and beauty at hand, now have some nice photos to remind me of the day, which will be in the past when I see them in the future.

    • Awwww what a lovely story Lori, I’m so glad that I was there for you at the right time. Present, past and future collide in a myriad of inspiring and pleasurable ways but only if we focus on the moment in hand and don’t fret too much about the past, when it comes to anticipating positive outcomes and good things happening. Timing is everything, particularly when it comes to life events and perfectly soft boiled eggs 😉

    • TY so much for the comment Vandana. I’m glad you agree, the future is fluid and should keep us in a constant state of awe, ready to surprise us at a moment’s notice. We will enjoy it more if we go with the flow, enjoying each moment in the present and anticipating positive adventures to come in our lives.

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