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No More Unicorns (a Poem About Growing Up)

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

Inspiration for this Poem

I was recently introduced to the poem "Leisure" by William Henry Davies, a poet I was not previously familiar with. Well, I was impressed by the poem and it inspired me to write "No More Unicorns." I am now anxious to check out his other works.

William Henry Davies (1871 – 1940) was a Welsh poet and writer. Davies spent a significant part of his life as a tramp or hobo, in Britain and the USA, but became one of the most popular poets of his time. The main themes in his poetry are his observations about life's hardships, how the human condition is reflected in nature, his own adventures as a tramp and the characters he encountered.

Leisure originally appeared in Songs Of Joy and Others, published in 1911 and then in Davies' first anthology Collected Poems, in 1916. It eventually became Davies' most famous poem, especially the first two lines:

"What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare."

In Leisure, Davies warns that the hectic pace of modern life has a detrimental effect on the human spirit, and modern man has no free time to spend enjoying nature. (source Wikipedia)

A Beautiful Song and Video

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No More Unicorns

There once was a girl who believed in unicorns,

Of fairies and elves, from the time she was born.


Life was so simple, no worries or cares,

Magical worlds at the top of the stairs.


Mythical creatures and imaginary friends,

But, oh how quickly one’s childhood ends.

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Now as an adult her fantasies fade,

Struggles and cares of the world soon invade.


Making a living, deadlines, and strife,

Missing the simple pleasures of life.


Where oh where did that little girl go?

She became a woman, it happens you know.


Like Narnia through the wardrobe door,

Unicorns don’t exist anymore.

Questions & Answers

Question: What are all the poetic techniques used in the poem "No More Unicorns"?

Answer: The poem is a couplet; each stanza has two lines and each couplet rhymes. The rhyme scheme is aa, bb, cc, dd, ee, ff, gg.

These poetic techniques are used: 1. rhyme 2. imagery 3. simile 4. alliteration

Question: What is a poem?

Answer: A poem is a form of writing that is often rhyming or lyrical in flow. They sometimes have set formats to follow, or they can be free. verse.

© 2016 John Hansen

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