“Casting Down Imaginations” (New Poem by Polly Castor)

“Casting Down Imaginations” (New Poem by Polly Castor)
Field of Dreams Painting by Polly Castor, Good and Bad of Imagination poem, by Polly Castor

Field of Dreams (pastel) by Polly Castor

“Casting Down Imaginations”

Imagination transforms lives.
Whether for good or bad,
it depends on how you wield it.
Visualization creates reality,
so be careful to direct it wisely.
Are you envisaging success or failure?
Brightness or downward spiraling loops?
Imagination creates wonderful miracles,
like symphonies, feasts, festivals and faith,
as well as astounding and helpful innovation.
Imagination also can immobilize us in fear,
prevent us from moving forward,
thwart us at every turn, kindling despair,
igniting trepidation, producing negativity,
psychosomatic illness, and paranoia.
Imagination can prompt us
to expand or to limit,
to flourish or to shrivel,
to embrace or to fend off,
to grin or to grimace.
Which kind are you cultivating?
Cast down
the second type of imagination–
pluck it up, crush it, trounce it,
lock it in a deep dark dungeon
and throw away the key
in the farthest, fathomless sea.
However, harness the first type, savor it,
like a precious hour in a hammock
on a mild day, with a gorgeous view,
and gallop away on its wings
into the overflowing ever afters
of perpetual happiness.

Polly Castor

(Note: title refers to Bible quote by Paul in II Cor 10:5 KJV)

Casting down imaginations poem

Frustration (acrylic) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Susan Krevitt 3 years ago


    I WILL: “Expand, Flourish, Grin, Embrace”
    All the Good that Good, God, has for me today!
    Maybe even…”Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love you, Tomorrow”

    Thanks, Polly!

  2. Susan 3 years ago

    Another one to save and read over and over. Thank you so much Polly. I found myself lounging in my imaginary hammock while my afternoon meditation brought me perfect peace.

  3. Mary-Jo Schumburg 3 years ago

    I love this! It’s so good to remember every day! I’d like to share it- is there a way?

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      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      Certainly. Just copy and share the link. Or there are share icons at the bottom of every post for Facebook, email, etc.


  1. […] condemned by Paul in the King James version of Bible, in II Corinthians, chapter 10. However, as I share in a recent poem regarding that, there is a helpful way and a damaging way to imagine, and only the hurtful way is to be avoided. […]

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