Real enough…(my new poem)
The kids move easily in imaginary worlds.
They conjure the details as needed,
and repeat them to me
to confirm what must be real right now.
They don’t need many details,
the facts are simple,
the yin and the yang are vivid.
The bad monkeys have no masks,
the good monkey catchers have the kids’ faces
and they have super powers too,
powers so vast, potent, inspired by the urgency
of good crushing evil,
every power springs from the end of the mighty sword
that looks like a wrapping paper tube in different light.
The kids move easily in imaginary worlds
where sufficient reality can be summoned,
and outcomes are fixed,
and there is only valor and virtue and victory.
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Read this poem and 58 others in my new poetry chapbook, Writing Rainbows, see below.
“Real enough” was Inspired by Alison Gopnik:
“It’s not, as scientists used to think, that children can’t tell the difference between the real world and the imaginary world….It’s just that they don’t see any particular reason for preferring to live in the real one.”
Dr. Alison Gopnik, The Philosophical Baby
Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy
University of California at Berkeley
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My first poetry chapbook, Writing Rainbows with 59 new poems, is now available on Amazon Kindle, click here
On this website you can read: my poetry in free verse and 5–7–5 format, written in a way that makes it possible for you to know, as precisely as possible, what’s going on in my mind and in my imagination; thoughtful book reviews that offer some exceptional critique of the book instead of a simple book summary; examinations of history that did and didn’t happen; examples of my love affair with words; reflections on the quotations, art, and wisdom of famous and not-so-famous people, and occasional comments on politics and human nature.
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