A Sue Vincent Write#Prompt: Choices








The earth is desolate now, even the ocean’s sand runs red. There are but a few of us left, but not enough of plant life left or cow or fowl or fish to eat. We had choices to prevent this end of everything we know. No one of import took it seriously, what lay ahead, though we were told a thousand times, and much sooner did the end come than we could have imagined.

It maybe too late for us that remain, but the earth will renew itself after many millenniums. It will begin again, as has happened many times before.

I am sad for all those we have lost and to think I regretted getting old, now, no longer an option. We buried as many as we could, but now most are fodder for the earth’s renewal, as I will be as well.

So, all is not lost and perhaps some of the most hardy and young will survive when the coming ice age arrives very soon. The ice age has a way of cleansing the earth to support life once more. This is a gift and I hope those that are left will see it for the blessing it is.

Yet, within me, there is this will to fight on, to not give up hope, to survive as well as I can, and that is my choice.



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Karen DeMers Dowdall

Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has lived in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and England. Karen has a PhD, MSN, BSN, RN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. “Books of every genre teach us about life, how we think, and view the world." She has written poems and little short stories since she was a child. Karen loves art, she enjoys drawing, painting in oils, pastels, colored pencils, and doing portraiture. She has also taken ballet, Jazz, and modern dance since she was three years old and owned her own dance studio.

39 thoughts on “A Sue Vincent Write#Prompt: Choices

    1. balroop, thank you. It is a grim reality and clarion call, but we still may have an alternate solution in the near future, but if our current leader is elected again…I don’t know how any alternative solutions will be implemented. That is hope for the very best and anyway…we are suvivors!! Karen 🙂

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  1. I really enjoyed this, Karen. Especially as I am writing a book about the end of the world now. Of course, there will be survivors who start over. It all boils down to money and greed, as always. It costs an enormous amount to transition from coal generated energy to solar generated energy and, currently, there are not enough incentives for companies and governments to do so. To much poverty to address in China and India, to much greed in first world countries.

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    1. Roberta, you are such a wonderful writer and I know you will do a superb reckoning in your writing of this book about the end of the world. I agree completely that greed and necessity have caused much of the problems in the world, but greed is the worse offender and leads to much poverty; that leads to wars, death, destruction which fills the world with more desperation, leading to more terrible events that further devolves into more destruction of our planet earth and human beings. But, there is hope, there is always hope, the will to survive…even though we may find outselves back in the day of the cave man and woman. I look forward to reading your book and you know we will all support you and prompt you. Karen 🙂


    1. yes we do! many, young and old can survive an ice age and most animals too. It will be much more difficult for plants, trees and the like, but they often manage to survive too (especially the seeds do). Not worry…it may not happened.

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    1. Yes…there is always hope and humans will survive – just not very many. Depends on many things. Please remember know one knows for sure when it will happen, but at this rate….it will happen sooner than later, but still many years away. If we change things soon, It may not happen at all. This has happened before, but not manmade. 75,000 years ago there was only 15,000 humans that were left on earth, the rest died from the most gigantic Volcano that ever lost its top and blew up near Malaisia. It put the earth in total darkness and soot for 4 to 6 years with no sunlight whatsoever. Plant life died around the world followed by most animals and then human animals. Post Script: I took many courses on archeology, anthropology and genology when I was studying to become an Anthropologist. I just never forgot that one piece of information…it was scary to me, even then. But, there is always hope and humans are amazing in their ability to survive under the worst possible situations.


    1. Debby, yes…it is unbiquitous now. It seems that everyone feels it, whether they understand what the are feeling (uneasy, worried, fearful) of what is to come or not. What comes first will be the USA in bankruptcy and then the dominos fall around the world, except China. China has known all along. And, then with no money or will to address our enviromental issues people may become so frigthened that they do things they might never have done before the depression-like future we might face again. I hope this doesn’t happen, maybe someone will wake up and see what is happening. Who knows. I hope I am completely wrong.

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      1. I’ve thought about all you wrote here. I do hope something breaks soon, but regardless what happens with your ‘king’, one thing for sure, a big recession is no doubt coming. It’s been called for 2020, but not sure it won’t be sooner at this rate 😦

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    1. Michele, you are absolutely correct. So, what we have to choose is not really a choice at all. It has been fostered upon us, by unthinking, untelligent people in power with only greed on their minds. Little do they realize that they will be lost also, in the bankruptcy of our country and around the world, not to mention the environment and planet we live on.


    1. Jennie, yes, it is a possible future, but I have all the hope in the world that is doesn’t happen. I do think the earth has seen worse times like WW wars, devastating earthquakes, tsurnamis, volcanos that whipped out millions of people, devastating Hurricanes, and fires that have wiped out entire forests with the people who lived there, floods, ice ages and terrible pollution – despite all of that the earth and people are still here. We do manage to survive. I hope that it continues. Karen 🙂

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      1. I love your words because like me, you are the glass-half-full. The word is ‘hope’. And when we see what can be, and know what we can do, there is always hope. That in itself can move mountains. Yes, I believe we will survive, and I believe we will thrive, in spite of it all. Thank you, Karen. 🙂

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