My Cart 


Our Parents
Robert K. Johnson


            across the street in dismay--
seeing the decrepit remains
of a once respectable house.

We saw
             an abandoned English castle;
a cellar changed to a dungeon;
a fort Indians attacked

and played
             in them every Saturday
until the workmen came
and tore down our imagination.

This poem first appeared in Reach Poetry.
Used here with permission.


Robert K. Johnson writes poems about our everyday world, which, he says, “has always gripped me much more than science-fiction worlds.”
A former English professor at Suffolk University in Boston, he was the poetry editor for Ibbetson Street magazine for several years. Robert is the author of four collections; he lives in a suburb near Boston.

Post New Comment:
Wow: tore down our imagination!
Posted 03/15/2024 12:54 PM
You skillfully -- almost deceptively -- pulled me in, made me part of your world, and then hit me with the great surprise at the end. Well-done and thank you.
Posted 03/15/2024 07:17 AM
Descriptive and expressive, especially "workmen came and tore down our imagination"
Posted 03/14/2024 10:58 PM
Glen Sorestad:
Both evocative and provocative! It really turns your own imagination on "full ahead". Well done, Robert.
Posted 03/14/2024 12:19 PM
Lori Levy:
This is great! I identify with this view of childhood.
Posted 03/14/2024 11:49 AM
Wilda Morris:
Yes! One of my favorite books when I was a child was AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET by Dr. Seuss. I still love it and how it encourages imagination, as this poem does.
Posted 03/14/2024 09:27 AM
Larry Schug:
Hmmm..interesting. Got me thinkin'.
Posted 03/14/2024 08:03 AM

Contents of this web site and all original text and images therein are copyright © by Your Daily Poem. All rights reserved.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Purchasing books through any poet's Amazon links helps to support Your Daily Poem.
The material on this site may not be copied, reproduced, downloaded, distributed, transmitted, stored, altered, adapted,
or otherwise used in any way without the express written permission of the owner.