Treasure Island

Stanley Collymore


Pragmatists 3 Daydreamers 1!


By Stanley Collymore

Dreams are the means that we regularly employ,
whether consciously or involuntarily so, to
hopefully either circumvent or attempt
to postpone, and possibly forever,
the harsher experiences of
life with which we find
ourselves confronted and don’t really know
how best or most suitably to deal with
these problems; a fabricated world
of daydreams conflated with
legitimate aspirations and
where reality, if at all
allowed a look in,
is generally not
permitted to
play any
major
part.

Reality however is the very antithesis of dreams;
and though not always welcomed or specially
favoured by the overwhelming majority
of daydreamers is all the same, I
firmly believe, still our best
chance of pragmatically
tackling and dealing successfully
with life’s various difficulties,
as well as our best hope of
realizing if not all of
them, then surely
most of our
cherished
dreams!

© Stanley V. Collymore
3 January 2014.

Criterion:
Among my diverse outdoor activities and sporting pursuits cricket and athletics rank as two of my principal sporting pastimes, but although I also have a full awareness and much more than a proficient knowledge of football or soccer if you prefer to call it thus, principally so because of specific family and a few other personal reasons, this sport is not by any stretch of the imagination one of my major preoccupations, or is it ever likely to be.

However, fully cognisant of the role that football obsessively plays in the lives of many of you and that 2014 is the designated year for its next World Cup in Brazil, I thought that the football analogy used in the title of this poem might be an appropriate vehicle to get over to you the message, which is inherent in the poem itself; that pragmatism on average usually trumps daydreaming 3-1 in life’s everyday race to succeed.

Submitted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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