This Species has to be Killed in its Infancy by Bogdan Dragos

A sheaf of white aged papers in a burst of flames
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the kid

handed him a piece of

paper and asked,

“Can we put this one

on the fridge?”

It wasn’t a drawing

“What’s this?” he asked

There were words

written on it

I am getting in my car

and I’m driving very far

Following the star

of my dreams

It seems

my destiny awaits

as all good things in small crates

So I’m ready to unpack

hoping it’s not something wack

I want the best of the best

The sun on the sky

I’ll be a writer with a vision

in my eye

“A poem?”

“Yes, a poem,” said the kid. “Can

we put it on the fridge

along with the drawings?”

The father stared at it

for a long time

Finally, he crumpled the

paper and said, “Let’s not

do that.”

“But… why not?”

Dad looked very troubled,

trying to squeeze

an answer

and getting only tears out

“Are you alright?” the kid

asked

He didn’t have an

answer to

that either

He got up and went

into the bathroom

Later that day

father went into the

backyard and

lit a big fire

and watched it from a log

a few feet away

while he savored a beer

There was no wood

in the fire. Only a few

suitcases full of

written papers

Enough of them

to keep the fire

burning until morning

“This species has to be killed

in its infancy,” mother

said, looking over the cold

ashes. “And that’s, of course,

for its own good.”

The kid never wrote a poem

again in his life

It was a happy

life

-BOGDAN DRAGOS

Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan doesn’t hesitate from telling the truth, creating a wound, and rubbing sufficient salt in it. The woes of the ‘writer dream’ – unfulfilled, torn to tatters, left to fester in its own doom. The ‘writer species’ is nowhere near to being extinct but if children are made to chew and swallow their creative instincts, then there’s no telling what can happen. Maybe writers will just burn themselves out and the few remaining will turn on one another. No one left to tell the story of what eventually happened…
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. (˘⌣˘)ノ Thank you!

      You know, sometimes I think the ‘writer species’ is nowhere near being extinct precisely because so many people have their dreams crushed and unfulfilled in childhood (unhappy children basically).
      If that’s the case… then the ‘writer species’ is downright immortal.

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  2. How to kill a child’s dream…unless I’m missing something

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    1. Yeah, some parents are simply too good at this. And worst part is… they really believe they’re doing the right thing…
      ( ◕ ﻌ ◕ )

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  3. kenhume31 says:

    Brilliant Bogdan! 😁 Fairly biting analysis of how children and adults view creativity!/poetry and how it can be killed off with a couple of words or an action. 👏👏👌👌🤔🤔

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    1. It’s unfortunately more common than we’d like to admit…
      /ᐠ_ ꞈ _ᐟ\

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      1. kenhume31 says:

        Sadly so Bogdan! ☹️ Am lucky to have had a mother and father later on who encouraged me in my writing! 🙏😁

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  4. Aish says:

    Happy life?! For delusional people maybe, but, for dreamers and passionate people, he just crushed a soul!

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    1. Yeah, he committed one of the worst sins one could commit. And to make things worse… he’s proud of himself too…
      ( ∩╹□╹∩)

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  5. gwengrant says:

    Such a compassionate poem – to father and to son. If dreams could be wishes, I’d be wishing that man and child would have long and
    glorious writing lives – and success doesn’t come into it. To be a writer is to be given the greatest gift in the world and. again, success
    in whatever form you would have it, doesn’t come into it. The writing is enough. Love the poem, Bogdan.
    Gwen.

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    1. (づ。◕w◕。)づ Thank you, Gwen!

      Yeah, the perfect world is one where people don’t look down at a craft just because it produces less income than others, despite being significantly more fulfilling.
      We, of course, don’t live in a perfect world, but that can’t stop us from trying :))

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  6. But that’s so tragic! And this happens to so many creative people! Wonderful poem, Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you! •‿•

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  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Dragos this is kind of sad. However I know it is also true. I can’t imagine not having some support from family or friends as a writer as it would be difficult to continue on. I am so grateful for every bit of encouragement I receive. Nicely written my friend. Sending big hugs, Joni

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    1. ฅ^•ﻌ•^ฅ Thanks, Joni!

      It’s very true, the support from close ones can make or break the artist. Unfortunately, not a lot of ‘close ones’ consider being an artist a worthy path in life, so with good intentions they will try to deviate a soul’s path from it, not understanding the damage they’re actually doing…
      (╥_╥)

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        So true my friend. Eventually and hopefully the urge to create becomes strong enough that it wins over those that have no faith. So glad you are writing. Those are the coolest emoji’s yet. Yes a lot of damage can be done by those that are closest to us. Big hugs my friend. 🦋❤️🤗

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  8. Daily Poetry says:

    It’s a shame if your parents aren’t supportive towards your endeavors. If my son would make a poem I would hang it on the wall. Kids talents need to be nurtured so they can bloom.

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    1. Yeah, the world needs more parents like you, my friend (=•́ܫ•̀=)

      It would be a waaay better place to live in…

      Like

  9. 9siduri says:

    Dorothy Parker, when asked about advice for aspiring writers, is supposed to have recommended a particular standard and then said, “Shoot them while they’re still happy.”

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