Poet & Writers magazine offers this writing prompt:
What kind of story would you write for someone reading it one hundred years from now? Write a short story with the notion that it won’t be read for one hundred years. While imagining a future generation of readers, explore themes involving time, eternity, and mortality.
I substitute a poem for a short story.
When you read this, I am in the room.
Mouth shaping each consonant as you speak.
I wince a little at the hesitation in your voice
right here. You wonder why you should read
with this coaching from a person not here. Who
knows if she is dead or in another room perspiring
lightly, wondering at you the reader.
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