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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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Lauren hudd

2/3/23, 12:21 AM

Reading this story was realistic and relatble


2/2/23, 11:27 AM

"I collected little glimpses of the north to hoard away for the future, like treasure" is such a beautiful line!


2/2/23, 11:23 AM

What a fascinating piece!

2/2/23, 5:21 AM

One of my favorite pieces ever published on Write the World!


2/2/23, 4:41 AM

Well done Everett on this powerful piece. I hope you continue to write!


2/2/23, 4:40 AM

Well done Genevieve - what a beautiful and evocative piece of writing!

1/17/23, 2:15 AM

This is so beautiful


1/16/23, 3:52 PM

I love all of it. It’s so real and so many feelings are there.


1/5/23, 6:02 PM

This is amazing. Do not ever stop. That is really inspirational, the whole writing piece made me want to help.


1/3/23, 7:19 PM

This article was absolutely amazing! I am so thankful to live in a country where periods and sex are fairly normalized, but I will never forget to educate myself about the lack of education others have. It pains me to know that in countries like India, girls are still put down about what they where and how they act. It was very brave of you to share your voice, and I commend you endlessly for that.


12/8/22, 7:25 PM

I really love this! I, myself, am not black, but I know of a lot of good black people. Sadly, I will admit, at one time, I used to think of a black community filled with gangs and poverty. But I know now how perfectly capable it is to live together if only we got rid of the stereotype that is so, so wrong. I do hope you accomplish this. This will great for our country.

Sorry but can't share the name

12/7/22, 10:40 AM

Basically I don't know how to react.
All the conservatives should be reading this.........

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