It didn’t used to be this way, but now each night it seems
That Nathaniel Watterson is The Boy Who No Longer Dreams.
Every time he closes his eyes and drifts off to sleep
He’s greeted by a darkness, so empty and so deep.
He used to fly through the air, maybe rescue girls from fires
Battle terrorists and bank robbers and other childlike desires.
But now there is nothing, just an anxious restless void
And when he wakes up he feels tired, angry and annoyed.
Perhaps it’s the assortment of pills the doctors make him swallow each day
Or maybe his burned out teachers restricting what he can think and/or say
His parents don’t listen when he tries to tell them about it all
They sigh “just don’t worry about it”, making him feel silly and small.
And while he may be young, he knows something is not right
Sleep time is when a child’s dreams should be able to take flight.
Nathaniel’s imagination is decaying; withered and sad.
Now he can’t even remember any of the dreams he once had.
The boy dreads going to bed, and every night is worse than before
Living a life without dreams is not a life worth living anymore.
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