Every Wednesday I take a snapshot of what’s trending from one of the more popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google and use it as the basis for one of three literary devices: a poem, a short story, or a short article. Every topic has to be referenced at least once and it has to be 500 words or less.
Today’s Trend-esday Offering comes from Twitter:
If I could travel back through time, and be
there when, in the seventies, a few men,
armed with resolve and editor Bradlee,
broke the story that shocked the world and then,
brought down the White House of cards and deceit,
then perhaps I could bring back with me that
desire for truth and use it to beat
a march for those who seek truth’s victory.
If I could travel back through time, and tell
a certain Zellweger how the world would
respond to her in twenty-fourteen, well
perhaps she’d keep her “old face” if she could.
If I could travel back through time, and put
a bet on the Giants in the first game
of the World Series, maybe I could foot
the cost of putting faith in “Big Games” name.
If I could travel back in time, to when
Walmart was the sweetheart of commerce and
capitalism, I could shop there, then
not feel bad that their bag is in my hand.
If I could travel back in time, and see
New Or-leans as she was before the flood
and compare her then-to-now, perhaps she
has overcome her time spent in the mud.
If I could travel back in time, and keep
a madman from charging Parliament Hill,
then friends and loved ones would not have to weep
for the one whose body lay cold and still.
If I could travel back in time, and write
a book about the “mommy-wars” over
Halloween, then I could add satire’s bite
and not offend moms that ‘round me hover.
If I could travel back through time and space,
if all the wonders of omnipresence
we available to me in my race
through life and all its trials and lessons,
then would I be a better man for it?
Could I avoid the errors of judgment
that befall all men if my path was lit
with the gentle light of all-sufficient
knowledge and experience? Or would I
still be doomed to trial and error as the
method by which I learn and grow? Would my
fate change, or is there no escaping me?
For if there is no consequence,
to weigh decisions down,
Then we become the worst of us,
beneath our tyrant crown.