The future is a monster.

The future is a monster—
but not the ambiguous kind with fangs
and a shifting shape—no. More like those lumps
of cardboard and wet vinyl you see in old movies late at night
where it’s bored and flailing in a sea of overacting:
at his knee a leading man recovers on a chaise lounge
(the sight of which makes him pine for his lagoon)
and at his feet clumsily-made clay models wait to be stepped on—
No, lift your knee higher. Now ROAR!— but inevitably, as we watch
begrudgingly entertained, we see seams come open and we glimpse
an elbow or a knee of the person (people?) underneath and
we don’t know whether to laugh or lament that
that’s all there is to it.

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7 thoughts on “The future is a monster.

  1. Yes…thinking about the professor spinning dials behind the green curtain in the Wizard of Oz. It’s all an illusion and we are taught to fear it, until we see it (monster or future or monstrous future) for what it is. Nicely done.

  2. Oh, how true, Nate! Your personification of the future is extremely effective. I love the visuals here, especially of the seam splitting, and your last 2 lines really bring it all home.

      1. Yes, definitely. You treated a very serious observation with just the right amount of humour. It’s effective because the reader can’t help but smile while still being struck with the magnitude of your message.

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