Poetry Day: Atrophied Imagination

Carl Sagan Quote (Supposedly. Internet isn’t always honest.)

(Ouch.  This one hits pretty hard on the nose.  Apparently, I wrote this in 2011.)

Do you remember your power?

The childhood ability

To dream of the impossible

And bring it to life

Friends with no substance

Explanations beyond science

Reality was nothing more than clay

This power was the source of fun

And the push for our ambition

Defiance in the face of adults

Who swore it had no purpose

Because they had forgotten

That they once held the power too

As time went on many lost it

Like a muscle that is never used

Our power shriveled and weakened

Crippled by the horror of adulthood

Our friends of fiction vanish

Leaving behind a misty memory

That we call childhood foolishness

We have moved on to the ‘real’ world

Letting our great power die

No longer remembering its joy

Becoming the adults who stifled us

With their atrophied imagination

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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18 Responses to Poetry Day: Atrophied Imagination

  1. L. Marie says:

    Oh my word. That is powerful, Charles. And so sadly true. How many times have I heard what a waste of time storywriting is from “well-meaning” people who thought I should do something more “useful.” Yet 100% of them have watched shows.movies or read books that were the products of someone’s imagination (including realistic fiction), yet never said the same thing about those books or shows/movies.

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  2. Bridgette says:

    This! I’m writing a short story this week about childhood imagination. I fought hard to protect my kids imagination and think play is absolutely vital to the health of children.


    • I held onto mine for as long as possible. Though it’s taken a massive hit over the last few years. Started around the time life got so stressful and busy that I rarely got time to relax. Adulting really does suck at times.

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  3. Wow. A powerful poem, Charles.


  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    A powerful poem from Charles…


  5. So much truth here.


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