The Dreamer – Prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lillian is hosting Prosery where we are invited to write a piece of prose of 144 words including the line of poem offered by the host. Grace has invited us to work with the line ” If you are a dreamer, come in” which is from Shel Silverstein’s poem ‘Invitation’

dVerse Poets – Prosery


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs are people who are alive.” Howard Thurman

The Dreamer

I was walking along, multi-thinking, moving my mind to the end of the day so that I could get there quicker. I’m sure you’ve done that sometime. I wasn’t paying particular attention to anyone or anything. So I was surprised when a voice called out, a voice that was so unusual it. I didn’t think it was anyone calling to me but I looked around because I wanted to see who owned such an unusual voice. I was thinking hippy, free spirited, all tie-dyed, but there was Mr Business Suit beaming a smile. I stared at him and he gestured to the door “if you are a dreamer, come in.” Am I a dreamer? Yes I’m a dreamer, but I’m not coming in, I have my own dreams, I’m not buying yours, no way! They cost the earth, literally.” I walked away.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under awareness, dreams, life, prose, quote

27 responses to “The Dreamer – Prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I guess that you will not be buying those magic beans.

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  2. “Sign, sign
    Everywhere a sign
    Blockin’ out the scenery
    Breakin’ my mind”
    –Arthur Thomas

    a road to hell
    lined with billboards.

    “Follow your dreams. They know the way.”
    –Kobi Yamada

    Wonderful opening quote and parable.

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  3. An interesting response to the line!
    “moving my mind to the end of the day so that I could get there quicker” I especially liked this line.
    It seems the person was a busker? Is that what the carnival barkers are called? Maybe this was a wise decision to follow one’s own dreams!

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  4. Yes, best avoid those business-suited types!

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  5. I like the unexpected contrast of “hippy, free spirited, all tie-dyed” with the suit. A whole demeanor, voice included can be altered to make a sale! Beware.

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  6. A very thought-provoking story, with very good advice. Right now, out of interest, I am researching all of the various management jobs that have been created over the past 20 years. What they seemingly completely forgot about was the fact that someone had to do the real work. 😉 Michael

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  7. I love your story! My immeiate thought on seeing the image was, This guy is trying to sell me something that I do not want to buy.

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  8. lync56

    Love it



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