Monday, March 7, 2011

Time Travel Telephone

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The Smiley Sociology Study on time travel confirmed one assumption for me:
most people don't want to change the past or future, just pieces of history to see.
Many also worry about disrupting the space time continuum by accident
and think it would be better for the world to remain time travel abstinent.
Yet I can't help but wonder if there is one more "half way there" possibility...
what if we could telephone the past or future but couldn't actually see?
Would it be any less dangerous without the ability to visually verify?
I wonder who I'd call first... probably some really important guy.

Perhaps I'd start with Jesus and Buddha to deepen my spirituality.
I could ask them if the time travel telephone is bad for our morality.
Hopefully with their blessings I'd continue down the secret phone list,
trying to limit the fun to one a day, though more would be hard to resist.
I'd call Columbus and ask him to attempt peace with native dwellers.
I'd call Wild Bill Hickock and his flock of tough guy horseman fellers.
I'd ask my grandpa about his favorite places to play some poker.
I'd be tempted to seek some future data from an investment broker.

See, there I go, getting selfish with my magic phone on the sixth call.
Perhaps time travel should be banned to prevent our downfall.
Innocent banter on the phone with Dr. Seuss seems harmless,
but what if he writes a book about the call and your forced to confess?
You're catapulted to new fame through a blur of personal interviews.
Time travel gets promoted.  Despite your pleas, they still choose.
Sadly, not even a rhyming prank call to grandma would be safe to make
and heaven knows, if they invent it, that's a chance I'm willing to take.

Once again, dear world, Sociology has confirmed the obvious.
As a whole, we humans tend to dabble in the devious.
Whether it is just chit chat or the ability to take a trip,
time travel is probably an experiment we should skip.
So, if you're a sceintist pondering such an invention,
make sure to plan for those with ill intention.
Make a decoy time travel vessel to convince the immoral they went,
because protecting the space-time continuum is money well spent.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

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  1. Hi Rachel,
    Well written post..sure I agree with you for the time being..and in case if one is invented ,let me see ;)

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  2. I don't need to time travel for another 10 years at least I hope. Great Post. I wrote something about time travel myself not to long ago on my blog. It was a very popular post too.

  3. Thank you Uma & Jhess. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

  4. First off, thank you for adding me to your Bad Ass Blogs list, I am honored!

    There have been a lot of good points mentioned with this study, but for me, I think I'll pass on all of it.

  5. I liked it - and not just because I had a couple of links in there :) I'm going to have to remember to add your latest time travel pieces to the Cool Kids Club.

  6. @Wanda - Your blog is pretty bad ass. :) I just updated my list a few days ago to match what I'm reading these days. :)

    @Doug - I'm glad you liked it! I "had" to throw in a few more links for you and Bryan since you two really fueled the excitement of time travel month. :)

    @MamaZen - So glad you enjoyed it! thanks for visiting. :)

  7. Your poetry never ceases to amaze (pardon the cliche) but that's how it is. Fun and skilled.

  8. I was going to leave a note,
    But I think I already did,
    It could have been days remote,
    Or sometime in the future undid,
    It's so confusing,
    when I'm choosing,
    where and when,
    oh, there I go,
    I passed myself again.

  9. haha, I liked it! Time travel is a tricky business.

    Though, about the Natives, you'd have to convince Columbus not to meet any at all because disease was inevitable and killed them faster than any Spaniard could ever dream to have done.

  10. @liv2write2day - Thanks!!! I never consider nice things people say about me to be cliche. :-)

    @Dan - hope you get those controls figured out. Hehe.

    @Justin - good point about Columbus and the natives. Disease was a huge influence.

  11. Hmmm for some reason only half the post can be seen. I tried reloading but still same.


  12. Major bummer ponoloot! I've experienced that blogger glitch a few times. :(

  13. Major bummer ponoloot! I've experienced that blogger glitch a few times. :(


Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...