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For Real Poetic's "Year 2033" Challenge

By Cathy holmesPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
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Below is my entry for RP's "Year 2033" Challenge. Here is her link. Come join in.


The year is 2033

The blazing sun shines high above me

I barely see it through the haze

The air’s been smoky for endless days

The fires burning on our west coast

Have sent toxic fumes for us to host

High in the arctic, it’s not so cold

And hasn’t been for years untold

Polar bears live on solid ground

No ice to see for miles around

Wars rage on for worlds to see

I change the channel on my TV

Of disease and famine, journalists quack

I turn it off and have a snack

I wonder how we change our fate

I wonder if it is too late

I cry for 2033

I mourn for 1973

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Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Just now reading this! Congrats on the win!!! I can easily see this playing out in ten years. We are halfway there already! So sad...

  • 1973 certainly had its own share of problems, but I would gladly take those issues over what we appear headed toward. Well done, Cathy!

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Can we ever stop killing each other. Does anyone think they will live forever. Always needing more and then dying to leave it all behind. I feel you words.

  • Natasha Collazoabout a month ago

    1973 ❤️

  • L.C. Schäferabout a month ago

    The last good year? 😭 For me, it'll be 2015 😭

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    Nice work. I hope we can change our fate! 👏

  • Jess Boyesabout a month ago

    Sadly, this seems to be the direction we’re heading in. Beautifully written, Cathy.

  • So much said with delightful rhythm rhyme… “wonder how we change our fate I wonder if it is too late I cry for 2033 I mourn for 1973” … so true, we each need to act now, to try to have a positive impact on our world. 1973… my baby bro was born that year… showing my age! We moved 400 km away to another town that year… best decision made up to that point… definitely a great year for me.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Ah 1973, I wasn't even born yet. Good times, good times, lol! Poor polar bears. If not 2033, soon enough it's bound to happen. Loved your poem!

  • Ah, the good old days of Watergate when we thought it couldn't get any worse!

  • A glimpse of a possible dystopia

  • JBazabout a month ago

    If this happens, you will be receiving a call from me. Well done Cathy. I’ll hope for an optimistic outcome

  • Judey Kalchik about a month ago

    I cling to the idea that in the midst of all that, I can see you still thinking of change.

  • Oh Wow! Let's pray this doesn't come to pass!

  • sleepy draftsabout a month ago

    Ouuuu, this is good. 2023 was a rough one, especially this past summer. Thinking of you and yours, Cathy. 💗 Thank you for writing this poem!

  • Alexandria Stanwyckabout a month ago

    I hope things don't come to this. This poem showcases the danger of going on the path we seem to be on - apathic to the problems around us. Written with such a honesty that hopefully forces people to wake up, well done!

  • Celia in Underlandabout a month ago

    Disconcerting/ But utterly where we're at. Love the image of grabbing a snack -we've beome so used to the chaos we almost resigned to it! Brilliant piece!

  • Stephanie Hoogstadabout a month ago

    Disturbingly accurate, especially those wildfires on the west coast (I live in fear of those every summer)… Powerful piece. I don’t know if anyone can top that.

  • Real Poeticabout a month ago

    😱 Omg this is wonderful!!! Love it.

  • Tiffany Gordon about a month ago

    Brilliant work Cathy! This one touched my ❤!

  • Muhammad Shaheerabout a month ago

    Why cries for 2033? Madam Cathy! I love your words as they are so touching. Warm Wishes. You can read my poems.

  • Tressa Roseabout a month ago

    Very powerful ❤️

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Fabulous!!! Magnificently written!!! Loving it!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Denise E Lindquistabout a month ago

    I too cry for 2023. It was a very rough year!😢❤️

  • Heather Hublerabout a month ago

    Goodness this isn't hard to imagine. Your words pack a serious punch. Although I was -1 in 1973...hahaha :) Awesome work, Nitty!

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