The poem of the future will be smaller.
It will fit in the palm of your hand,
on your wrist, in your ear.
The poem of the future will not need
bulky batteries or cumbersome wires.
It will be powered by moonlight and weed.
The poem of the future will be automatic.
It will go for months without routine maintenance.
It will be faster, smoother, with a digital tick.
The poem of the future will be lighter.
It will be made of plastics and exotic metals.
It will be available in hundreds of shapes and colors.
The poem of the future will make our lives true.
It will perform in a second what it takes
the poem of the present a day to do.
The poem of the future will talk to us.
It will say things like “Buy IBM,” and ” Friend me,”
and “Pulvis et umbra sumus.”
J.R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines and anthologies since the early 70s. He is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (forthcoming from Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (chapbook from Five Oaks Press), and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).