A favorite quote of mine from George Santayana says that “those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.”  Their future is easy to divine.

The Crystal BallSeeing the Future

It’s been seen, before:
History sketched in wrinkles
With time’s ebbs and flows.

Man’s nature, unchanged,
Wizards define the future
Looking to the past.

Willpower wildcards
Preserve a chance to exceed.
Soothsayers, be damned.

Carpe Diem #208 is a haiku challenge to write about Divination. The write-up there is pretty interesting, check it out.

It got me to thinking about the future, predestination, and the relationships of the past. Those thoughts whirled in my mind until this haiku trio emerged.


About ewdupler

Gene is an avid outdoorsman, loves reading and is known to put pen to paper (well, he types) as an amateur poet.
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4 Responses to Divination

  1. jazzbumpa says:

    These are all good.
    I really like the first.


  2. Mike says:

    Enjoyed all three but the first was my favourite. Loved the line ‘History sketched in wrinkles’

  3. jrbsays says:

    Past behaviour is indeed a good predictor of the future. Well penned sir!


  4. like the weather
    future’s best predicted
    by looking at past

    Love your first one 🙂

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