Poetry On Odyssey: The Dream Factory

Poetry On Odyssey: The Dream Factory

The Factory of Dreams / Manufactures Dreamers / For those who can / afford to dream.
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A factory sits atop

A rolling emerald hill.

Olive green blades

Prod forth from the soil.

Elegant and ethereal

From the outside,

But on the inside

The Factory

Is nothing more

Than four cemented walls-

Gray, dull, and dead.

The entirety of the walls

Are shelved with

Crystal prisms

That house dreams.


Dreams of family,

of love,

of self.

The Factory of Dreams

Manufactures Dreamers

For those who can

afford to dream.


In the Department of Happiness,

A boy named Eislyn

Works laboriously

Lining crystal prisms

On the labyrinth of shelves.

His eyes are an unnatural lilac.

And in the world inside

Void of all color,

His eyes are nothing

Short of magic.

He’s sold all his dreams-

Just like the other Dreamers.

He's sold them all.

All but one.


The one about the Girl

Who works in the

Department of Storage and Confiscation.

Her eyes too

Are unwelcome

In this dull world.

Because the ember brown in them

Remind people of something

Called soil.

Soil that once gave life to

An entity known as trees.

And those trees

Are said to have bore fruit

The color of rubies.


Eislyn dreams of Her

Now and then.

He hasn’t let the Factory

Confiscate that dream

Yet.

He dreams to one day

Leave the factory

With Her.

And live in a world

Where Their dreams are

Entirely Their own.

And they don't have to

Put them up for sale

Just to feed themselves

And survive.

But that’s impossible.

He knows.


But today is the day

He plans on letting

The Girl

Confiscate His dream

Of Her.

And to store it

In a crystal prism

Where He will have

No right to it.

Where He’ll forget

The words

To describe the way

The light plays

In the shade

Of Her lashes.


He needs to do this

He knows.

This world has no place

For a Dreamer

Who Dreams

A Dream

That is entirely His own.


He walks down

A winding staircase.

Down, Down.

Adjusting his

Colorless, work overalls

Which lend no autonomy

To His personality.

But He has no need

For that sort of individuality.

His eyes reflect

His entire being in them.

Down, down.


He waits in a line

With the other Dreamers.

And finally

It’s His turn.

He sees her.

He lets Her extract the dream

Without so much as a sigh

Of discontent.

While She surveys and scans it-

He swears Her eyes

Seem a little brighter.

And for the first time,

She finally speaks.

Her voice as smooth

As nectar.

“Your name means 'Dream,'”

She whispers.

Of course, He knows that

His mother didn’t want

This for Him.


He nods.

She slips him the crystal prism.

“Then keep this.”

His hands fold over the prism

Confusedly.

Trembling.

As she restores His dream back.

Not to His heart alone

but to His mind too.

For a Dream

that is Dreamt

with the heart and mind

becomes a goal.

She deletes its existence

From the database.

And Eislyn walks away

Somehow knowing

That one day

He can break free

And quit this hell

Called the Dream Factory.

Cover Image Credit: Talon Moïse / Unsplash

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7 Things Every Real Taylor Swift Fan Knows Will 100 Percent Happen On TS7

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On April 13th, Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram a picture with the caption "4.26"... since then, every post since has had the same caption, and fans have been theorizing ever since.

1. It's going to be very different from "Reputation"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvAdohMF7b9/

Looking at her current pastel Instagram theme, it is very, very different than dark, mysterious vibe from her "Reputation" days.

2. This will be one of Taylor's happiest albums yet

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuMOFmlDm5/

Taylor has stayed out of the media for the most part since the release of "Reputation", and I believe that she's enjoyed her time, focusing on her music, friends, family, and relationships during this downtime.

3. This album will reflect on her childhood

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwPvbUWjsgR/

In 2016, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Taylor revealed that she was bullied in school, and her mom would often take her to T.J.Maxx after school to look at the opal jewelry in order to cheer her up. On April 14th, she posted a picture of jewelry, including opal. Also, one could say that her current Instagram profile picture has an opal tone to it. These could be hints to Taylor tapping into her childhood for her newest album. Oh, and she dressed up as a "childhood hero" for a New Year's Eve party...

4. ...But also focus on moving forward

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuUrV5hl-5B/

From her fresh, pastel Instagram theme to the flowers, butterflies, and overall springy vibes, Taylor has an airy, happy vibe that yells fresh, new life. Perhaps the album will also focus on her rising above everything from "Reputation" and all of the new things in her life.

5. It's going to have hidden eggs placed within the lyrics

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuRqXqqlshV/

All Swift fans know that Taylor loves to play games and create puzzles for us to figure out leading up to album releases. Why does the album itself have to be any different? Hopefully TS7 will have hidden gems in it as well...

6. Jack Antonoff and Max Martin will be back

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwTItkEDh9d/

Jack and Max have been with Taylor since "1989," and I don't think they're going anywhere. If they made it through the sound shift between Swift's 5th and 6th albums, they can work with whatever new ideas Taylor comes up with.

7. If the old Taylor is dead, I think TS7 will be when the new Taylor fully emerges

https://www.instagram.com/p/BumUfpXFKaL/

There's been some butterfly emojis and imagery flying around on Taylor's Instagram, and in a way, I think TS7 will be Taylor emerging from her cocoon of sorts into a butterfly. "Reputation" showed that she was capable of change, and this new album will show a more mature version of Taylor.

Chances are all of these are 100% wrong... but hey, it's fun to theorize while we wait for her new single/album to drop on April 26th.

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