An Awesome Book! – Dallas Clayton

Sep 16, 2009 by     No Comments    Posted under: Thousands of Stories

I stumbled-upon this many months ago and it just reemerged as I search through my writings for various blogging inspiration. It seems more appropriate than ever to share on this particular, self-searching, artistic blog. It is from a book called An Awesome Book! by Dallas Clayton. There are colorful illustrations on every page (which can be seen on the webpage for the book) that remind me of childhood dreams and looking at the world as a playful place instead of an ominous and overbearing force. I have inserted my own images to the right of the text: images that inspire me and also remind me of the world’s possibilities.

LetGoofwhatyouthinkyouknowThere are places in the world
Where people do not dream…
Of rocket-powered unicorns
And candy cane machines
Of magic watermelon boats
And musical baboons
Or teeny tiny trumpet players
Training pet raccoons
Yes there are places in the world
Where people dream up dreams
So simply un-fantastical
And practical they seem…
To lose all possibility
Of thinking super things
Of dancing wild animals
With diamond-coated wings
Instead they dream of furnitureEverythingispossible
Of buying a new hat
Of owning matching silverware
Could you imagine that?
Instead they lay awake at night
Wishing for a car
Not one that runs on jellybeans…
But one that’s reg-u-lar
They dream of breakfast sandwiches
They dream of telephones
Sometimes they even dream of dreams
That aren’t even their own
Yes there are places in the world
Where dreams are almost dead
So please my child do keep in mind
Before you go to bed
To dream a dream as big
As big could ever dream to be
Then dream a dream ten times as biglackofimagination
As that one dream you see
Then once you’ve got that dream in mind
Please dream a million more
And not a million quiet dreams
A million dreams that roar
A million dreams so loud they scream
So loud they sing and shout
So super huge they say
“Hey world! Guess what I’m dreamin’ bout”
“I’m dreaming about everything
that no one thought to wonder
Dreams so big that they’ve got dreams
And they’ve got dreams up under!”
Please dream for those who’ve given up
For those who’ve never tried
Please use your dreams
To make new dreams
For all the dreams that diedOnedayIwillbebrave
Cause you’re the one whose dreams can be
Whatever dreams you want
Whose dreams can change the way things are
And the way that things are not
And if they say that all your dreams
Are too big to come true
You tell them that I told you…
“That’s what dreams are meant to do!”
They’re meant to make you seem as if
You don’t know up from down
Because dreams are dreams and that’s why
Dreams are worth having around!
So when you think your dreaming’s done
Just remember what I said
“close your eyes my child
and dream
that perfect dream
inside your head”reader_detail1

An Awesome Book!
– Dallas Clayton