No More Unicorns (a poem about growing up)

Updated on November 3, 2017
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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.

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        John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, you. She is.

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        you 6 months ago

        fed ex lady is me and you

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        John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Savvy, your Fed-Ex lady is a wise woman, and that is an example of what we all have to do. We need to try to keep the unicorn alive.

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        Yves 23 months ago

        The Fed-Ex lady who delivers our packages each morning told me that she wakes up early enough each day to brew her coffee, sit outside in her back yard, and watch the birds flying and twittering about. I think that is a good way to keep the unicorn alive.

        Thank you for an inspirational poem that reminds us all to keep the magic of everyday life alive, in one way or another---just the way our Fed-Ex lady does each and every morning.

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        John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Shauna. Never stop believing. We need our dreams and magic.

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        Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

        What a beautiful poem, John! I still believe in unicorns. To me they're a symbol of dreams and magic. They're right up there with rainbows.

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        John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for the added verse about life, Shyron. Nice.

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        Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

        John, this is the way life passes us by

        Sometimes with grace

        And sometimes a spit in the eye

        But always in hast

        Father time rushes by

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        John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, that is very true, Vellur. Thank you for reading and your kind comment.

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        Nithya Venkat 24 months ago from Dubai

        Childhood is a stage that soon passes and is a cherished memory and life steals it away from us. Great poem.

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        John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Deb, it is good t retain our childlike innocence if we can. Good for you, and being surrounded by nature helps.

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        John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Aw, thank you, Devika. Glad you liked this. Yes, I am full of surprises

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        Deb Hirt 24 months ago from Stillwater, OK

        There is a huge element of truth in your poem, which really is what it means to grow up. I refused to grow up long ago, and still hold that childlike innocence. Nature is in my hand at any given time.

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        Devika Primić 24 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        You write from the heart and surprised me with this beautiful poem.

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        John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Dianna, thank you for your generous comment. Glad you enjoyed the poem and song.

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        John Hansen 24 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Suraj, that is the conundrum. "as a kid we wanted to badly to grow up and when we grew up we realized we were better off as kids"

        Glad this poem struck a chord with you.

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        suraj punjabi 24 months ago from jakarta

        That poem you wrote really struck a chord and now I am looking back in time searching for the moment when I stopped dreaming and wondering and imagining and playing and basically grew up. Might need to visit a shrink for this one....

        Isn't it funny how as a kid we wanted to badly to grow up and when we grew up we realized we were better off as kids?

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        Dianna Mendez 24 months ago

        I was touched by your poem. It is sad that we grow up and forget to dream. The song was beautiful indeed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Good to see you, Graham, and I do appreciate such a generous comment. Glad you enjoyed this hub.

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        Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

        Hi John. What an excellent hub, from your introduction to your own composition it is tip top. So well presented all round. Well done.

        Graham.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Missy, thank you for such a lovely comment. I didn't mean to make you tearful but I am glad you could relate this poem to your own life. Also glad that I have introduced you to a new (old) poet you can relate to. I felt the same way when I read "Leisure" and W H Davies' story. I too love that song by Enya and the video.Just from reading everything you write, I agree that we are soulmates. We find them in the most diverse places at times don't we? All the best wishes and blessings to you and your children too.

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        Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

        My eyes filled with tears, John. I believe in a lot of ways I'm that little girl you speak of in your poem. I lived very quiet and in my own little world as a little girl, and of course, unicorns were a part of that world.

        As for the poet you mention, I am very interested in checking out his work now. He sounds like a poet I would love and could read for hours without break.

        The video was gorgeous. I love Enya. I have listened to her a lot through the years, but I don't think I have heard this particular song, so thank you for sharing. It was a gorgeous song and video. I especially liked that the birds chirped so pretty at the end, and the unicorns were beautiful.

        Every time I read your words whether it be in poem form or just simply explaining your thoughts, I realize I have truly found another one of my soulmates. I believe we all have a chosen few of those, and I know you are certainly one of mine. Peace and Love to you and your family always. ~Missy

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Seafarer Mama. Sharing this with your daughter is a huge compliment.

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        Karen A Szklany 2 years ago from New England

        Beautiful hub, John! Loved the video and the poem, and shared it with my 11 3/4-year-od daughter.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Nell. I seem to have a bit of a theme going on at the moment. About a week ago I wrote a poem "Flight of the Horse" about Pegasus, and now another about unicorns. I resurrect my old bottom dwelling hubs now and then and reshare, you need to also.

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        Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

        Hi John, first of all let me say I loved the video from one of my favorite films, Legend, with a very young Tom Cruise. And I loved your poem, I am a bit of a Unicorn nut so this was beautiful. I actually wrote about a Unicorn a few years ago on here, its sunk to the bottom along with my other poems which I need to retrieve before they disappear for good! lol! wonderful!

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        Siddharth Kapoor 2 years ago

        You're welcome.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading this and for your kind comment, Siddharth. It's good to know you too.

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        Siddharth Kapoor 2 years ago

        John - A treat to my eyes. A classic write! Speaks veritably right. Good work. Pleased to know you.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Dana, I don't mind how often you say that you love my work, honestly :) You are always too kind. I guess my freelance work helps me write ad lib poetry as I am often required to write about things I would never have considered otherwise.

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        Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

        Jodah, you seem to be able to create poems at the drop of a dime. I truly loved this piece but I always say that don't I. Well, what can I say you are simply creative.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        No, it doesn't hurt Jackie. Remember the Unicorn song by the Irish Rovers.."A long time ago when the Earth was born...and the loveliest of all was the Unicorn"? I think there will be unicorns in Heaven :)

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        What can I say Frank, other than thank you?

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        It is always possible to bring the unicorns back, MizB. We don't lose our imagination when we grow up, it just fades.we just need to start believing again.

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        Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

        I always love poems with these themes John even knowing I should not believe in magical but I think heaven will sort of be that too, don't you, where all things will get along and nothing ever does harm anymore but brings joy? I can imagine unicorns in heaven from God who is creator of all things beautiful.

        Might want to check your line Where oh were. (:

        Shared.

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        Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

        Jodah, you are just an amazing poet.. period....

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 2 years ago

        John, you portray life in such a lovely verse. It's tragic that the unicorns go away as we grow up, but we can get them to return if we truly try.

        A horse is a beautiful creature anyway, but isn't it funny that if you put a horn on them, they become magical?

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Bill. I guess it does :) thanks for reading, and I hope married life is treating you well.

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        Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Well, John, in our house, unicorns are still alive and well. I guess it makes a difference where you live, eh? Or how you live? :)

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Good for you ps. Try to hold on to that inner-child and keep believing. Thank you for reading and sending those Angels.

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        Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

        O no...please don't tell me that....for some that may be true...but I still believe.

        Well done, Jodah.

        Angels are once again winging their way to you ps

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Alicia, I hope you do check out W H Davies' other works. I am inspired to do the same. Thanks for your kind comment.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        MsDora, thank you for such a generous comment. Rating it as a classic leaves me speachless.

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        Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Thank you for introducing me to William Henry Davies, Jodah. I've never heard of him before. I'm looking forward to reading his work. Your poem is charming and sad at the same time.

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        Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

        Smiling through the fantasies of girlhood to the realities of adulthood. This poem has the qualities of a classic.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Faith, it even causes me to pause and consider. Glad you could relate to this poem, and Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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        Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

        Oh, I love the theme of this hub and your poem is so full of truth. I believe I am that girl ...oh, dear! I've had such a hectic day, months and year it seems and I have often wondered how did I get here. However, my precious grands take me back instantly to a time of wonder, imagination and joy in the simple pleasures of this life.

        This one gives one pause.

        I noticed your comment somewhere that you had to republish this one, so I will be sure to share everywhere to allow all to know it is ready for their enjoyment.

        Blessings always

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Linda, it is sad. I think as we age we gain knowledge, but lose the innocence that provides much wisdom.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Manatita, yes Apparently "Leisure" is a well known poem, but it and the author were unfamiliar to me. Thanks for your kind comment.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Eric. I am glad it took you to another place. Much appreciated.

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        John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

        That is a great comment , Mike. That is exactly what I was trying to create.

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        Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

        John, how sad that we cannot hold onto those childhood imaginings. Whoever said "with age comes wisdom" must never have dreamed as a child.

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        manatita44 2 years ago from london

        Charming, sweet and by the way, I either know of these lines or read something similar. I think it's famous. William Henry Davies, you say? Never heard of him though. Your contribution makes for a wonderful read.

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        Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Beautiful. It carried me away.

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        mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John. What an interesting piece. From the lead-in to the poetry itself your presentation is filled with the magic of the human imagination.

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