As I wandered down the street
Where some friends of mine agreed to meet.
A shining door caught my eye
And when I entered time flew by.
I found myself in the year 2112
And to my great distress
Found the world in shambles.
Pollution had overcome the earth
Most animals had died and many plants too
The smog was so thick I could not see
And a crowd was screaming in front of me.
The world had fallen to radioactive waste.
People had stopped thinking of color and race.
And I thought to myself
Was this what it would take
To stop the bigotry and the hate?
Then suddenly I was home
The shining portal gone
And down the street I walked again
With my thoughts I wandered on.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.