Besotted Beginnings

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge,
Oh, the (Poetic) Irony!  (posted by Magaly)
“So, for today’s prompt, I invite you to write a new poem using one (2 or all 3 ) of the following satire-rich cartoons from The New Yorker. Please, let us know which cartoon(s) you chose to craft a poem about.”

New Yorker Cartoons 2

“A few of us are going out after work to pretend it’s not the end of the world, if you want to join us.”

New Yorker Cartoons 1

“Yes, the planet got destroyed, but for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders.”

New Yorker Cartoons 3

“Remember when we drank coffee with the paper?”


I have combined the three cartoons:

We’re starting the planet from scratch.
Pretend the world hasn’t ended,
and a trader was a good catch.
We’re starting the planet from scratch.
We’ll need to brew our own batches
of wine, for use as legal tender.
We’re starting the planet from scratch.
Pretend the world hasn’t ended.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Besotted Beginnings

  1. Vivian Zems says:

    A great take on the images!


  2. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    oh, the power of imagination … or is it denial 🙂


  3. SatyaPriya says:

    If only we could start it from scratch. As it is, we will make it uninhabitable for ourselves, we will die out, and Earth will create a new set of species.


  4. Your poem points towards a terrible truth–too many of us treat our planet like it’s replaceable… We can only hope that enough of us realizes (in time) that it is very likely that Nature will make another just like ours.


  5. Maybe we can pretend the world hasn’t ended.


  6. sanaarizvi says:

    I often wonder whether half the world even cares or has simply slipped into denial. A most eloquent write ❤❤


  7. Eventually, this is what will happen. Maybe we’ll get it right next time.


  8. Jim says:

    Those lines and their perturbations fit together so nicely with you coreographing . Next time there might not be a second chance. [:-)


  9. I almost imagine these words sang by sentient roaches, or whatever species replaces us after humans go extinct.


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