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Questions for Tomorrow— a prose poem

Updated on January 19, 2017

When I first penned this in 1975 (and I do mean penned), I had concerns about the environment. These same concerns exist to me today. This prose poem, though superficially negative with sarcasms is an effort to attempt to raise the awareness of people. We need to be aware of the existing problems that we as humans are creating for our planet. If we can motivate people to think about positive changes by applying the Law of Attraction, we will reverse our present direction and change our planet to a forever-balanced ecosystem for future generations.


Will tomorrow’s air be stagnant

and polluted

with all the impurities

humans have disgorged

through the orifice

of their collective omnipotent mind?


Will people’s faces be hidden

behind gas masks—and if so

how will lovers in parks kiss?

Will there be love?


Will sunshine come as a prize

in Cracker Jack boxes

humanity has long since

become the contents of—

waiting to be devoured

by earth’s worst enemy—

Apathy for our planet?

©Don Fiduccia 1975, 2012


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    • DFiduccia profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks for rereading, Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      just revisiting one of my fav poems ofyours and still good to read overand over again my friend :)

    • DFiduccia profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hi Debbie,

      The best thing about the 45's is that we can still remember them. Thanks again for visiting and commenting.


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Don. I am so glad to see you write this.. It is all so true. makes one worry about the future.

      I was reading your profile You wrote songs in the sixtys? I remember those 45's lol...

      Hugs from Tennessee


    • DFiduccia profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Las Vegas


      Thanks for your comment and insight.


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      New Newbie 

      7 years ago

      This was beautifully written with deep concern and foresight. The unthinkable is true. "earth's worst enemy."

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      questions are good where are the answers part two perhaps LOL joking voted up and awesome :) my friend

    • DFiduccia profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Las Vegas


      Thanks for your observant comment. Have a good day!


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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      I find it way cool that you wrote this poem back in 1975. You saw what so many others failed to do so. We are seeing what all this causes today. Awesome poem and a strong message.

    • DFiduccia profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thank you for your comment. Let's hope that change is on the horizon.


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      7 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      you've created a masterpiece here...the message is so true...

    • DFiduccia profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hi teaches,

      I certainly hope for our chidren's sake that this will not happen. Thanks for yours comments.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      With all the news today on world events, this could possibly be where we are headed. Awesome collages!

    • DFiduccia profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Las Vegas


      When I first jotted down my thoughts about the environment in 1975, the questions were a serious concern. Here we are in 2012 and I have the same questions, but my concerns seem to be something we all need to think about for the welfare of life on this planet. Thanks for the comment, your capacity to relate to this matter, and your vote.


      Hello Ann,

      Yes, it does paint a grim picture, but that is the point of my hub. As far as your comment, “it will never happen,” tell that to the people around the surrounding areas of Chernobyl or Fukushima, Japan. Are you aware 34,000 children in Japan needed to wear radioactive detection badges after the nuclear meltdown? The problem is much more serious than we, as citizens of the world, know. I hope that you are right and all will be resolved. Thanks for your comments and the vote.



      I’m not a person that preaches doom and gloom, and I, too, see sunshine. The poem is really about my concerns for the planet, and we are the ones responsible. Change can start with a simple thing like some people outside fast food restaurants throwing their trash in waste containers instead of on the ground. Awareness can start at a simple level and increase to a point where humanity will not tolerate abuse of this spaceship called Earth. Thank you for your comment and your awareness.


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      Nancy Yager 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      To me, there is always sunshine. But your poem did succeed in making me feel and see images and that is what writing is all about.

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      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      That's a mighty grim picture. It will never happen. If the air is so poluted that we have to wear gas mask, then that means the vegetation will not survive. No sunshine, no food, no life.

      Prosperity of fools destroy. Lengths need to be taken to protect our environment as we progress as a society. I'm sure there are Einsteins out there to correct or prevent such disasters from happening.

      In the meantime, I'm happy being simple, enjoying the sunshine and lemonade a puppy dogs. Thank you for making me aware of this.


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      Jim Higgins 

      7 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Such good, important questions, now if we can only come up with good important answers. Good work and the collages are great! Up!


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