In January, the soothsayers emerge to remind us of who we are—frail humans who sometimes lose their way.

Nostradamus, Baba Vanga—the prophets of doom contemplate the world’s events still to unfold in 2023. From solar storms, nuclear explosions, and an impending invasion from aliens, the seers share their visions of the cataclysmic destruction of the world as we know it.

I always smile when these predictions don’t come true.

dreams of snowflake stars
promises of things to come
hope—the glow of truth

© Colleen M. Chesebro


This week we’re writing haibun with Kim at the dVerse Poet’s Pub where we’re writing about our feelings towards this New Year and/or what we do in the first few days of January. We’re to write in no more than three short, tight paragraphs, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to the season.

50 thoughts on “January Predictions

  1. I totally agree with you.
    I enjoy your charming haiku that brings a smile with truth.
    Wishing you a year full of joy and happiness!

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      1. See now, that’s my issues with predictions. It’s all negative. Rarely ever is it positive.
        I believe, sending out negativity, breeds negativity and sending our positivity, breeds positivity.
        Since our brains secretly dwell on what we hear/read in our subconscious, maybe if a few of these doomers would drop the negatives and send out more positives, it might encourage hope and happiness in some folks.
        Sorry about that, I didn’t mean to rant. lol
        Sending happy wishes and positive thoughts to you for a year filled with joy. 🎉❤️

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  2. Oh yeah tell me about it! Wild predictions and the complete lack of logic behind them 😛 Happy New Year! 🥂

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  3. The new year always brings hope and promises of things to come. I always smile at predictions of doomsday, which has not come true. Happy New Year!

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  4. Your opening line really drew me in and I like the cheeky tone. As far a s destruction, I think we may have mastered that on our own sans aliens or explosions.

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  5. Yeah cataclysmic predictions don’t move me that much as well, unless it’s climate change or something scientific.

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