Friday, November 11, 2011

The Dream of H.G.

asks us to consider the following quote

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." - Robert Schuller


You may be another H.G.Wells;
The future may inhabit your mind.
Dare to cast mental spells
And, who knows, you may find
That in future years to come
Your dreamings may come true
And people may be struck dumb
By the thoughts that come from you.
A hundred years ago,
H.G. dared to dream
And he thought-up something ridiculous!
A really harebrained scheme.
'In the future' the writer declared
'There will be giant screens,
Taking-up part of your wall-space
And showing distant scenes!
You'll be able to lounge in your arm-chair
And be transported away
To other realms and ages,
Away from the everyday.'
The people thought him crazy,
Too airy-fairy by half,
And many turned their noses up
And laughed a scornful laugh.
But today we accept television
As a ho-hum part of life;
We can view the bottom of the ocean;
We can view foreign wars and strife.
Who knows, the things you imagine
May one day come to pass,
The wall between the past and the future
Is made of transparent glass.
Everything starts with a daydream;
Is The Big One in your head?
Or do you stifle your brain-power
And do something else instead?


Little Princess Pussy-Willow was feeling very sad,
Thinking of the many playmates that she'd never had.
No little sisters, brothers, cousins, nobody to play with,
No-one to even read a book or pass the time of day with.
She sighed as she turned the pages of her favourite picture book.
Hour after hour she sat alone.... with nothing to do but look.
She came upon the picture of her very favourite scene;
Where a little dragon posed and showed his scales of grassy green.
He had such a curly tail and he had such a friendly face!
Not at all like wicked dragons, which are very commonplace.
'I wish that you could talk to me' the little Princess said.
And, to her surprise, right off the page, the dragon raised its head!
'I can' the dragon answered, 'But I simply can't get free!
Get your scissors and cut me out! Then you'll see what you will see!'
Very, very carefully, the Princess, cut him out.
(Sometimes she nicked one of his scales and he gave a squeaky shout!)
But, finally, he stood there, large as life and looking smug,
Her own little playful dragon, standing right there on her rug!
'Let's have fun!' the dragon shouted! ' Let us scribble on the walls!
Let us break up all the windows with these little pingpong balls!
Let us stamp our feet and whistle and make an enormous noise!
Let us tear-up all your comics and break all your silly toys!
Let us go and find your mother and shout out naughty words!
Let us go down to the aviary and let-out all the birds!'
Princess Pussy-Willow was utterly appalled!
She sat down in the playroom and she hung her head and bawled.
' You're a nasty, nasty dragon' she cried 'You're just a pain!
I'm going to get the sticky-tape and stick you back again!
Back you'll go inside the book to stay there for all time!
It seems that all you're suited to is a life of wicked crime!'
As she went to get the sticky-tape she heard the dragon cry
'I know my manners aren't too good but I'm really going to try!
Please, please don't stick me back again! Just teach me to be good!
Teach me to have good manners and to act the way I should'!
The Princess soon relented and right there made up her mind
To teach her friend the dragon to be peacable and kind.
She hid him in her bedroom and every single day
She taught him how he should behave and how two children play.
Finally, he graduated; at last he passed the test.
His manners were quite passable although they weren't the best!
'Today we meet my mother' the Princess said at last;
'If you can be polite to her it means that you have passed!'
She took him to the throne room, which was really rather grand,
And, straight away he bowed down low over the royal hand.
'This is an honour, Majesty' he said with downcast eyes.
'What a charming dragon!' said the Queen 'What a surprise!
You have such lovely manners! I do hope that you'll stay!
Do live with us for ever and never go away!'
So the Princess Pussy-Willow now has a live-in friend!
Which proves that education has its uses in the end!

1 comment:

Tigerbrite said...

I loved both of these. Well done !
Mine's still in the draft stage....