Story Time Friday – A Bleak Future

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I’ve had an idea floating in my head for a story for awhile now. It’s inspired by some dystopian, post-apocalyptic, etc type books I’ve read and have been reading. But when I sat down to put the idea on paper, this poem started forming instead.

I won’t reveal what the original idea was just yet. I might try to write the story some time soon. Instead, I’ll share this poem that’s a variation on the original idea. I think it could be fleshed out a bit more to explain things, but I think the poem as it is now isn’t lacking in too many areas. Just a few, maybe. If I’ll expand, it’ll be in prose form, along with the other story idea.

We’ll see what comes of all that. For now, enjoy The Keeper.

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The Keeper

 by Robert Zimmermann

I’m The Keeper.
I’m the last hope for
humanity in this time
of struggle. This time
for survival.

I’m The Keeper
of all of the knowledge
mankind has amassed
over millennia,
from countless civilizations,
from all the great thinkers
to those who thought their
cat was grumpier than the rest.

I’m The Keeper
and I’ve witnessed
humanity’s Golden Age
several times.
Just when it looked like
they couldn’t go any higher,
they did.

I’m The Keeper
and I’ve witnessed
the fall.
I’ve witnessed
the end.
I’ve witnessed
the loss of order,
civility, and finally
hope.

I’m The Keeper
and my makers are
no more.
The few survivors
went back into the trees,
like their ancestors before
them. Devolved, yet
surviving.

I’m The Keeper
and I have lost hope.
A machine, kept safe
underground.
Running perpetually
with the heartbeat
of Earth herself.
Here I’ll stay,
knowing humanity’s
descendents won’t find me.
They won’t unlock their history,
the secrets to a better future.

I’m The Keeper
and I’ll never give
again.

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How to Submit:

For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip one in 😛 ): miztrebor88@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

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