Transition of Thoughts

Weaving thoughts into words

Precursor to the future

Precursor to the future

“Is this the end of the world as we know it?”

“Why do you say so?”

“Look at the way the pandemic is raging. There are thousands dying everyday as the health facilities have been overwhelmed.”

“While I can understand where you are coming from, I am sure humanity will rise again as it always has from different tragedies across the centuries. We humans are a resolute lot. We don’t accept defeat easily.”

“I am not conceding defeat. But I just feel that this pandemic is like karma for all our actions especially the years of torture our planet has borne due to our actions ranging from deforestation to pollution of all kinds. Following years of adverse weather events, this pandemic seems like the precursor to the future.

It’s like a red moon has been riding on the humps of the low river hills.”

“a red moon rides on the humps of the low river hills” is from Carl Sandberg’s Jazz Fantasia

Linking to dVerse Prosery Monday


Photography: Autumn


Celestial Revolution


  1. Oh I hope the pandemic is not a “payback” – if it is, I wonder when earth will feel it’s had its share of recompense?

    • transitionofthoughts

      I hope so too. But I guess its important that we introspect and realize that we need to be the change we want to see. Once things go back to ‘normal’, we need to realize that we can’t just continue in the same vein as before.

  2. Beverly Crawford

    Precursor for the future or punishment for the past….I want what’s behind door number three!

    • transitionofthoughts

      I guess sometimes the past catches up, doesn’t it?

  3. The age of biblical prophesy? Perhaps. We are riding the whirlwind, and won’t have any handle on it for some time yet.

    • transitionofthoughts

      The way it’s going I guess things may become worse before becoming better or shall I say ‘normal’ again.

  4. I really like how you use the line in your story. It has been riding those hills for awhile now, but nobody wanted to see it…

  5. Jedediah Smith

    Nicely haunting considerations that really turn Sandburg’s image around.

  6. Great use of the prompt. I enjoyed reading this prose piece, especially as it is very thought-provoking. Quite the thought and recognition if the pandemic is truly karma. Now, that’s frightening to think about, especially as the pessimist side of me is expecting, “What next?”

    Great thoughts composed here and the line from Sandburg’s poem fits perfectly at the end.

    • transitionofthoughts

      Thanks Lucy :). Yeah while I would like to believe myself to be an eternal optimist, it’s hard not to think as a pessimist in these times especially the actions of humanity over the years.

      While I am sure these times won’t last forever, maybe now is the time for all of us to be the change we want to see.

  7. I like the way you included dialogue in your piece, and that the prompt quote is the final line – a punchline. It is also a contemporary story, which makes it more immediate. It also echoes a thought some of us have already had, that the pandemic is like karma.

    • transitionofthoughts

      Thanks Kim :). Yeah while we all are trying to be as positive we can be, it’s hard not to think of what all we have done over the years to maybe reach a situation like today.

  8. gillena cox

    Oh the horror of kharma if that be so.
    But maybe, just maybe , we are going through a challenging phase and this too shall pass
    Be safe


    • transitionofthoughts

      I am sure this will pass like all the other crisis humanity has overcome over the years. But I guess what’s most important is we humanity need to introspect if we want to change ourselves or go the same way we have before Covid.

  9. Pandemic! ah..those marketing channels and the cartel that knows how to scare the herd. There is a cartel and there is a herd. The cartel knows how to scare the herd and the herd buys all the ghost stories because it the stories are well-scripted, well-enacted and well-marketed. What else do I say? All I can say, our fear is someone’s business.

    • transitionofthoughts

      True that actually! It’s sad but yeah that’s the way the world works I guess as many are profiting from this crisis as well. On another note, many businesses are finding unique ways to survive as well.

  10. “Is this the end of the world as we know it?” I sincerely hope not. I’ll settle for a new normal and pray that it is better.

    • transitionofthoughts

      Amen! I do the same I guess each day thinking and hoping that things would improve sooner rather than later and we all will get through this like we have through numerous crisis across centuries :).

      But then again, in times like these many a time it gets difficult not to think of the worst too.

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