Weird Little Doomsday Poem

Weird Little Doomsday Poem

This window is my namesake if you take out the “n.”
Although I must admit it is just where I begin. 
If you conduct an interview to cull me from the throng
and ask me what one item I would take along
to insure my survival if doomsday were to come,
to bolster my intent to live and pain of loss to numb,
it wouldn’t be a photo of any person past.
The only item that insures that I would want to last
is simply pen and paper, for I still insist
that this is where the future will continue to exist.

Strange where these prompts may lead you if you just get out of their way, and I admit readily that this one is very strange. It was written in about 5 minutes. It took longer to find the photo in my iPhotos file!! Prompts for today are window, namesake, interview, throng and item.

18 thoughts on “Weird Little Doomsday Poem

  1. SAM VOELKER

    I LIKE~!-!
    Oh I like that poem, post script, and that photo as well, though contrary to your great poem, the photo is both of a place and a person, telling a story of pleasure, combining both and a description of all. When you first posted that photo some time back, I took it to photo-shop and worked both on the view through the window and enhanced the silhouette of you looking out, bringing out your pleasure in the darkness…. So you see I remember the photo including you and even the fact that I had to remove that cast iron truss, because it was a distraction to the whole. See~? I do pay close attention at times.

    So now I have that photo, that poem, your post comment (which also impressed me), and memories to put in my keeper file, a not so rare occurrence, coming from you, thanks~! I guess that we all write, with a little desire that something of us may live on until doomsday, not just ego but hope of leaving something to the memory of others.

    SAM

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      1. Mason Bushell

        I agree. It’s so nice to communicate with each other. It gives us a sense of not being alone as writers usually are. It allows us to see that we’re all struggling in some way and that we can be friends and get there together.

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  2. Marion Couvillion

    Judy, This says that you made a reply but it does not post. I have been editing on my site and just wonder if it is something I have done wrong~! My visitor helped me clean up my site and I really like it much more but I’m still learning to deal with what has changed.

    On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 8:02 AM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: ” Weird Little Doomsday Poem This window is my > namesake if you take out the “n.” Although I must admit it is just where I > begin. If you conduct an interview to cull me from the throng and ask me > what one item I would take along to insure my survival” >

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  3. lifelessons Post author

    Marion, what was it a reply to? I had forgotten that you had photoshopped that photo. I had even forgotten the photo and had posted a different one, but this one is so much more appropriate that I changed it. I have entirely too many photos and didn’t adequately organize them so it is sort of a scattered effort between searching through Google images and sorting through my media file and iPhotos which is now some 120,000 photos strong and I haven’t even put photos from old computer disks on it. Glad I have something to use them for, i.e. the blog. I am also opening up a new blog on Medium which a friend is encouraging me to do. She’ll do the tech stuff and set it up. I’ll sort through my writing files and post stuff from the past. It’s a joint effort with me doing the part she can’t do and her doing the part I can’t. We will see how it goes. It is a paid site for viewers but you’ll be able to see my posts for free. To see all the sites is just $5 a month so cost not prohibitive. I would never attempt it without her but she is so keen to do it that I’m willing to try it out…

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    1. SAM VOELKER

      I forgot to tell you that I do one thing that is a real help on finding post and used photos… You may note that I try to post a photo between the tidal and the body of a post. This is listed on my log of post by date.. I am more visual than I am with written names, which I tend to temporarily forget, so on that list I can visually scan down and quickly find a missing post, by the thumbnail, works great rather than only trying to use “categories” Of course this is not a help for the huge boxes of photos that I am still trying to clean up and identify. Being the last of my family standing I ended up with family photos even going beck to tintypes. Many I am needing to just throw away because no one is living that will know who they are.
      SAM

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      1. lifelessons Post author

        Sorry Sam. I can’t make head nor tails of what you are saying here. I have 8,251 blogs on my blog so scanning down would take me hours..And don’t know what you mean by a thumbnail. I sometimes scan by tags or categories but it is still an incredible number of blogs to go through plus I’m not always sure which photos I used for which category or tag. Any aid I can use I do so, but still, even just scanning through media photos, there are thousands and thousands over a nine year period. I’ve recently decided it is just easier to take a new photo if at all possible if I can’t find one in 15 minutes to a half hour. Thanks for trying to help, though… J

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        1. SAM VOELKER

          Please understand I was just telling you what ( I ) do, to try to keep track, not telling any one else what to do~! My memory works better on a picture, rather than a name….sometime just the color of that tiny photo will bring back a memory of what I have posted, that is the way my brain works… A thumbnail (photo) is about the size of a postage stamp and I can get many on a page, the page is organized by date posted, clicking on them brings up the name of the post I am looking for, the date etc. I know that I have posted much fewer than you, but while it may not work for others, it works for me.

          I was not giving you instructions, I never do that sense I retired, I had enough telling others what to do for years, and try not to ever do that again~!!! I was lax in putting in “categories” and find a redundancy in this as well, but this is what my friend helped me fix this past week. I am now adding and editing categories and tags as I pass them in older post and hope to not be as lackadaisical about this in the future.

          I loved your re-post on the sad but inspirational short stories today, kind of what I find interesting in what I read on JOHN PAVLOVITZ posts and in his books.

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            1. SAM VOELKER

              Oh,,, I sort of cleaned up the format of it, and posted them on my Facebook.. I also plan to send it to a couple who do not even have a computer. That is where I correspond with friends and family that are not privileged to see my WordPress…

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  4. SAM VOELKER

    Thanks for the reply. My Minneapolis Tribune editor friend spent a week here and we spent time cleaning up my site..I have another friend here in Austin who said she would help with my site too, but she had a serious operation on her shoulder on Monday so will be out of condition for a while..Yes I did edit that photo that you posted, But like you I have more than a thousand photos not yet catalogued. I will try to find yours and send it to you… My hope is to now put together the discombobulated post I have made to put into a book. But the one history book I have already written long ago still needs to be edited. I hope you fare OK on that new venture, I really do not know how you keep up with all that you are doing now…. When it hurts, it is time to slow down…(that’s what they tell me)….With my good friend being here, I am finally getting over my sickness, so have now starting to post things again that had gotten backed up.

    Oh I never did get a reply from El Ojo Del Largo, but that is OK, as you know I was not pushing it, just thought that it would be a fun to do.
    SAM

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      You’d have better luck just sending in the story in word format. Try it. Be sure to include your name and the number of words at the top of the story in the heading and keep it below 1000 words. Try it!!!

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