Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our minds can go wandering off on a little daydream. This is the subject of one of my favorite short stories, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. For those not familiar with this tale, Walter Mitty daydreams himself into a much more exciting life than the one he leads as a hen-pecked, middle-class husband. This story was translated into a major motion picture in 1947 starring Danny Kaye as our intrepid hero, and an updated version is currently filming with Ben Stiller in the title role.
There are several possible interpretations of this prompt. Perhaps you’d like to share one of your own daydreams with us, or you could show us the contrast between your reality and fantasy worlds. You could also take inspiration from one of Walter’s imagined adventures in writing your poem. I’ve also included a few quotes about daydreaming as well as a musical blast from the past to help you get started. So let your mind go wandering!
I live my daydreams in music. ~ Albert Einstein
Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose. ~ Bo Bennett
A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish. ~ W. H. Auden
To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes. ~ Antoine Rivarol
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Mary Mansfield from Write Wing Conspiracy