I’ve long been fascinated by the idea of alternative endings in poems — writing two (or more) endings and letting readers decide which ending they prefer. Is it even poetry? Who knows. But as you do know, I believe strongly in the power of the internet to make questionable poetic choices.
So here, amidst chaos here in the U.S. over “alternative facts”, I present to you my first official “alternative ending” poem. It’s simple: Read my first two lines, and then decide which ending is right for my poem. Or write your own alternative ending in the comments!
by Ed DeCaria
A fact is a fact is a fact.
It’s checkable, easily tracked.
You’ll soon feel the wrath
of hard science and math —
Consider it our little pact.
You and your minions
sell twisted opinions —
that, or you’re totally cracked!
© 2017 Ed DeCaria, All Rights Reserved
Ahhh, it feels good to be back writing random stuff here again.
And as a reminder, if you haven’t heard: Madness! Poetry 2017 is ON:
- Authletes, apply here. And now! — I always get nervous until that 64th application is in. (As of this moment, I have only 16 applications in, so lots more to go.)
- Teachers, register here — not as urgent, but why wait? It takes 2 minutes.
Enjoy your day!