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Curiosity Killed the Dreamer

by Marley Shepherd (United States)

November 2021

Write the World Review

Audio: "Curiosity Killed the Dreamer," read by Marley Shepherd

when you’re sitting on the street,
just watching the people go by,
you see things that you don’t understand.

A very good example of this would be the man across the street,
struggling to carry three large buckets.
He keeps setting them down and picking them back up,
trying to arrange them in his hands so they won’t spill.

In events like this,
there is always the compulsion,
the curiosity,
to want to know what is going on with them.

And of course the only way to satisfy this curiosity is to get up,
and ask.
So that’s what you do.

“What's with the buckets?” you ask.
“They’re carrying something important.”
“Would you like any help?”
“You wouldn’t understand the job.”
“Well maybe I would understand if you show me what’s in the buckets.”

He sets the buckets down,
And cracks the lid off one with a gesture to look inside.

You see what’s swirling inside of the buckets,
The same colors you would see every morning,
When you opened your eyes after a wonderful dream.
You understand completely.

“Oh, yes. I do understand the job.”
“You don’t think I’m crazy?”
“Well, I am a little mad myself. Who am I to judge?”

Smile your sharpest smile,
and pick up a bucket.
You have a job to do now.

when you’re sitting on the street,
just watching the people,
you see things you don’t understand.

A very good example would be,
the two people who cross the street everyday,
each carrying large buckets of dreams.

Marley Shepherd, age 17, is a teenager from the Midwest who spends their time playing music, making art, and writing cliché poetry about home, love, and weird magic.

#Fantasy         #New Worlds

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5/16/22, 11:40 AM

I am waiting with anxiety what does she doesto fight back these things which are very complicate to handle for a teenager...... I am Very anxious because I am in the same situation..... So I want to know what will she do.....


5/15/22, 3:16 PM

This is such a wonderful piece. I love it so much!

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5/13/22, 10:46 AM

You are really good at writing. And at such a young age! If you don't mind me saying so, your writing style is warm and cozy. And also at the same time, very deep, meaningful and relatable. I especially loved the "The Reflection" part.


5/13/22, 9:28 AM

I really wanna know what does she does to fight back these things which are hard to handle for a teenager.


5/11/22, 2:37 PM

I loved every word of this. Maybe because I am relating too hard. I hardly possess any of the love or filial piety I am expected to have towards my family. I am dubious of anything my grandmother says to me and have long learned to just swallow it all with a smile though I question how much I know. And. Just. Knowing. That you will be forgotten by your extended family for the rest of the year but still held up to their expectations. Thank you for writing this! I'll always remember a beautiful #ownvoices story :).

Srishti Roy

5/10/22, 6:57 AM

I really am curious about how she is gonna fight this situation and will she be able to fulfill her dreams which she once had


5/6/22, 2:03 PM

Ooh I really love this! What a great ending too. Fellow students, we've got this!


5/6/22, 1:53 PM

I love this piece so much. Novels and writing rarely makes me cry, but this was just too relatable.


5/6/22, 1:51 PM

This was so beautiful, and created such a detailed image in my mind!


5/6/22, 11:35 AM

I thought that was a truly insightful piece. As a teen writer myself, your words were a refreshing reminder of the meaning behind adolescence. Thank you for bringing your writing into the world, and hope to see more of it soon.