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Author Name: FreeMarkS 8 Comments
Date Added: May 09, 2010 21:05:34 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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The Death Of Imagination
The Death Of Imagination

It's the age of technology,
The future is at hand.
The internet now spans the globe,
At everyone's command.

There's virtual reality,
And films in C. G. I.
There's not a lot that we can't do,
Which makes me wonder why...

Why there's no imagination,
In books, movies, or song.
Where did the inspiration go?
Please tell me if I'm wrong.

They sing of sex and violence,
Trying to shock the old.
They think using profanity,
Makes them seem strong or bold.

The ballads that I hear today
Are vehicles of choice,
To show off the singer's talent,
And emphasize their voice.

Songs have no deeper meaning now,
Nor qualities that last,
They rise and fall like shooting stars,
Unlike songs of the past.

And what of that great novelist,
Like Wells, Shelly or Vern?
Their books sparked imagination,
And eagerness to learn.

And what's happened to Hollywood?
Their movies leave you flat.
They make films of old T.V. shows,
And heroes dressed like bats.

They remake movies of the past,
Adding special effects,
And they, too, try to shock the old,
With profane disrespect.

They bring our comic books to life,
But fail to give them souls.
Special effects again are used,
To fill the story's holes.

In olden days a child would dream
Of whimsical places.
Oz , Middle Earth, and Neverland,
With magical races.

But tales like these are very rare,
Just drops in the water.
And now imagination's hopes
Rest on Harry Potter.

So where has all the whimsy gone?
You haven't far to look.
A child prefers computer games,
To play, or a good book.

That's where imagination dies,
In that virtual place.
It slips into the void behind
That blank look on his face.

So as technology improves,
And computers advance,
What will become of poetry,
Fantasy and romance?

For with imagination's death,
The soul will die as well.
The virtual reality
Of our own man made hell.

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Comment By: FreeMelody on May 22, 2010 09:27:35 AM Report
So as technology improves,
And computers advance,
What will become of poetry,
Fantasy and romance?"

I think it's up to the parents when children are small to instill the wonder of the mind, what can be done with thier own imagination.
Poetry will never die it's a emotion, or an extra heartbeat that will live on .

Excellent poem of what has begun.
Comment By: FreeThomas Heath on May 21, 2010 06:08:54 AM Report
great poem, and i absolutely agree with its message well done!
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on May 20, 2010 11:03:24 PM Report
Congratulations on such in depth look at the lack of imagination....Seeing the visuals in one's subconcious is what real imaginative writing brings to the poet's parchment...I enjoyed your 'take' on this....Thanks for bringing it to life...

Margaret...the Baglady

Comment By: FreeTristan on May 20, 2010 05:03:10 PM Report
Well Mark, I guess we can hope for... virtual imagination.   A very thoughtful poem, well-written -- with metered lines and rhyme (a rarity) -- and a heavy-hitting message to the heart of art.  In centuries past, the creative genius of poets and other artists was attributed to inspiration from a god or muse outside the poet/artist... but now we know that artistic beauty evolves from the subconscious/unconscious/transconscious depths of the soul/heart/mind of the artist.  When those creative strongholds are infected by technological advances that should be directed toward science/math/physics, this poet's fears will have come true -- not only will our five senses gradually become obsolete, but the sixth sense as well.  Great work.  Tristan
Comment By: FreeAndrew on May 19, 2010 12:49:38 PM Report
congratulations for being recognized for this fine, introspective work
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on May 19, 2010 07:26:28 AM Report
Mark:  congratulations on the Feature Poem Award for this excellent write.  Very deserved.


Lady D

Comment By: FreeTanya Harrison on May 18, 2010 08:28:25 PM Report
Valid concerns Mark, in this spectacular poem challenging society's advances in technology and lack of imagination.  Hopefully the art of word in book, play and poetry form won't completely die with technology.  Your poem of concern caused me to worry too.  Congratulations on your Featured Poem Award, your poem was very worthy of the award.  I always enjoy reading your poems Mark.
Comment By: FreeMichelle on May 18, 2010 08:21:29 PM Report
This is a really excellent write that gets to the heart of a growing issue. Keep up the passionate and moving work! 




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