Although it hasn’t yet been achieved, time travel has struck the imagination ever since H.G. Well’s described his first Morlock. Writers have found different ways to re-imagine time travel, each time making it new and interesting for the reader. Since no one has invented a time machine (yet), it can be whatever the writer wants. Isn’t that the best thing about it? Limitless possibilities.
Part of the lure of time travel is the appeal of experiencing other times and places. But it also offers the chance for a cosmic do-over. We’re also fascinated with the past as it’s one place we can’t go in time. People like to talk about the past because the future is always coming, but the past is never coming back.
Where would you go if you have a time machine? Would you travel to exotic locations or keep it local? Write a poem about the places you would go and the people you would see.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a poem from Rick we enjoyed:
Life is not long.
The trace of down that remains
in the bulk of you will fail, and the curl
will coarsen, the curl will drown you,
and you will lose your footprints
in the moist sand of nostalgia.
This ocean is a memory that has stolen
everything and steals it now.
There is only salty water behind you;
love may not come from what you love;
you cannot always choose
the doorway that opens your life.
—by Rick Maxson
Photo by ryuu ji. Creative Commons via Flickr.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland