Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

WHAT WILL OUR FUTURE BE LIKE?

by Nilanjana Sanyal

In the future, will we
Live on Mars?
Discover another universe?
In the future, will we
Travel to the stars?
Find ourselves distributed between (say) Mars and Earth?
In the future, will we
Meet the Extra-Terrestrial (ET)?
Take vacations in space?
In the future, will we
Have 8.3 Billion people?
And energy, food and water shortages?
In the future, will we
Have increased carbon emissions?
And drought, famine and hunger?
In the future, will we
See our glaciers melt?
And our mega-cities sink?
In the future, will we
Receive our first messages from civilizations in our neighboring galactic valleys?
From those not so remote in our future?
In the future, will we
       Have men bearing children?     
       See cloning become free?
In the future, will we
        Have robots ordering their creators?
        Have a computer in every school?
In the future, will we
        See silicon chips being implanted inside the human body?
        And technology linked to human intelligence?
In the future, will we
        Put robots to work in developing countries?
        Create Androids with emotions?
In the future, will we
        See the mapping of the human genetic code find new medicines and cures?
        See space travel deal with our growing population?
In the future, will we
          Have cyber-commoners, cyber-vehicles, cyber-parliaments and cyber shanty-towns?
          Settle in the distant future?
In the future, will we
Be crushed by an asteroid?

Added: 13.04.2010

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