Evading reality #poetry #prose

Fantasy is the faculty of imagining impossible or improbable things.
Reality is the state of things as they actually exist.

Oxford dictionary

To live in the now – we are often advised.
Plan for the future – the elders’ mantra
Learn from the past – a phrase piggybacked upon wisdom
Confusing, perhaps conflicting, but all drenched in reality;
Condemning many to a distressing now,
a scripted future
and a mundane past

So why then do we have this ability to imagine “impossible” things
To dream and dread alike…
Why do we think of fantasy unions with real-world lovers
or solve real-life problems with fantasy solutions.
Go to your happy place, a psychiatrist will often say
In essence, a place of fantasy.

For some, our rabbit-hole is that extra hour beneath the sheets each morning
Snoozing alarms and dreading the day’s monotonous obligations
but wishing for the spontaneous potential that hides in every moment
Today will be the day, we often hope
Today is the day! we often dread

I ponder on what weighs heaviest between fantasy and reality
My answers are surprising
My answers may not be yours
Many have evaded reality, choosing fantasy’s bliss
Seeing the world through a lens of privilege, or ignorance, hate, love, or bias…
It may be wrong but it is natural, testament to unacknowledged fantasy
For in the end, reality is around us
but fantasy is a part of us
and both cannot be ignored.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“Of course it is in your head, but why should that mean it is not real.”

Albus Dumbledore.

©judeitakali


Hoping for your thoughts on this. I just let my mind wander.

My books available below;

Realms of the Mist

Crossroads (Winds of love)

Stay safe everyone, stay loving.

43 responses to “Evading reality #poetry #prose”

  1. Beautiful!! Brava!!! 👏👏

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    1. Thank you so much.😇

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      1. Youre very welcome!

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  2. I like your thoughts Jude. Congratulations on the book

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    1. I like that you like these thoughts. we sometimes have divergent opinion😁

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      1. Yes, we do and that’s the beauty of human interactions we are different and learn from each other.

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          1. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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  3. Today is a day I’m looking for fantasy instead of reality. Kids are able to live in a world of fantasy because of their pure mind, we, adults, have our mind corrupted for many different poisons blocking the beauty of the fantasy. Thanks for this post!

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    1. Thank you too, Elizabeth, for the appreciation. we do often forget fantasy, but sometimes can cling too much to it.

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  4. I think being grounded in reality is important but fantasy ( balanced with reality) is the foundation of our imaging and pursuing our real world dreams. It’s where our ideas take shape and move to fruition. I love this pondering Jude💗.

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    1. Thank you Donna for your appreciation. I hold on to the hope of planting a fantasy seed in real world earth.

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  5. Which gets to the question of what is real, and how can we tell? Much food for thought here, Jude, and beautifully expressed. (K)

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    1. Thank you for appreciating K. That question🥺

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  6. Well done, Jules. I love the idea of fantasy as an escape into a land of reading… but today, there seem to be so many virtual video games, that folks have a hard time discerning fantasy from reality. Still… we need to fantasy to be human. ❤

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    1. Virtual reality is a curious thing. The good thing is that fantasy may match emotions or even win in that department but reality can always win you over with physical feelings and interactions. Guess the difficult job is to show the benefits of both to the young ones.

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      1. I think it’s the idea that virtual reality is something new and unchartered that appeals to the young ones. I get that. It’s just not real… I hate to sound like a stick in the mud. LOL! 😀

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        1. It’s just like being in a movie, not real, but that little bit closer.

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          1. Oh that’s interesting! I would try that. 😍

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  7. Fantasy life helps us to forget a little bit of reality. No matter how bitter the reality, the world of imagination does not allow much influence on the human mind, so I think we need both to live life. I think, this is a psychological trait, Jude.

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    1. Very wise, Jane. We cannot forget to live.

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      1. I think, this is the part of life. Human beings always run away from the reality. To survive.

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        1. Some realities are not as easy to enjoy as others.

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          1. Yeah, it’s true. Can’t think on some realities which hurt the most.

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  8. Loving the imagery in this meaningful piece!

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    1. Thank you, Jaya🤎

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  9. This is great, Jude! I love the quotes you put at the end. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Yvette. I’m glad you like them too.🙏🏾

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  10. Lovely quotes, Jude. Deep thinking post. Bliss exist in reality not in fantasy (for me at least) I know this because I can put my finger on it. So, yup, reality 👏
    Very lovely place this took me. Thanks. Blessin ga.

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    1. Thank you too, Selma. I’m still conducting my life experiment on the two but of course the best results are from the two meeting.

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  11. Meaningful piece, Jude! It lends a lot to ponder.

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    1. Thank you Eugi.💖

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  12. Sometimes all we need is fantasy to to escape reality.

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  13. What a thought provoking piece! I especially liked the lines ‘today will be the day’ we often hope/ we often dread 🔥

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation.

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  14. Hi Jude, this is interesting. I think you need a balance between living in the now and planning for the future. It is best to assume you will live to reach an old age and plan accordingly without sacrificing all the fun in your now. PS Congratulations on your honourable mention for Colleen’s poetry challenge.

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    1. Yes, very wise words, Robbie. Thank you for the congratulations. That tanka-prose came from the heart. I made the prose simpler from my usual poetry for a further-reaching effect but perhaps I should have let loose and embellished it. guess the novel – writing is seeping into my poetry as much as poetry seeped into it. I’m hoping the final blend will be all for the better.

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