Greetings Garden Dwellers!
Welcome to the third edition of Out of Standard. Once a month I will set before you a challenge to defy the conventions of a particular theme. You will be called upon to find new places in the everyday, but there is a twist: in order to complete each challenge, you will also be asked to share something about yourself with the IGWRT community. Special thanks to Sherry Blue Sky who suggested this theme would make a great general prompt. So with thanks given, I proudly present....
August’s Challenge: Embrace your doomsday.
As long as civilization has been in existence, there have been those Doomsayers who foretell of an impending end. Some declarations are steeped in mythology, such as the Norse Ragnarök. Others are based on scientific calculations, see Heat Death of the Universe. Neither seem like very much fun.
Some hold to their own personal theories and lie in wait for their homegrown prophecies to bubble to the surface. The National Geographic Channel has aired two seasons of their show Doomsday Preppers about people who are preparing for way beyond realistic doomsday scenarios. They spend most of their waking hours canning food, building bunkers out of metal shipping containers (surprising cheap and cozy), and practicing their marksmanship. Again, no fun. No one is installing their own doomsday disco or stockpiling giant bouncy castles for end time picnics.
While doomsday is inevitable (everything that begins must end), it’s rather a downer of a topic.
Toads, I call upon you to cast aside the doom and the gloom. I ask that you imagine yourself a doomsday and revel in the end times. Come to peace with the chaotic, inevitable nature of our solar system and write a doomsday poem which has a happy ending. Like every challenge, your poem must by newly written for this challenge and not one previously written which conveniently fits the theme.
Go now, my lovelies, and bring back something unexpected, something out of the Doomsday Standard.