Creativity is Dangerous (Creativity Series)

What can I say about Michael Sullivan? Actually, quite a bit!

Mikey was one of the first members to join my theater company, The Brothers Grinn, way back in 1994. He was with Grinn for quite a long time, and like a number of others, whether he believes this or not, he is missed. A lot.

What I can tell you about Mikey: he also is a very creative person, a writer, performer, and he now works in the medical profession as a pediatric nurse. Oh, and he is husband, dad, and a supreme klutz! 🙂

He is also just a little bit off. That IS a compliment!

Here is Michael’s very different take on creativity. I would’ve expected no less.

# Three in The Creativity Series


Creativity is dangerous.

There should there be a label on the outside of our skulls in big red letters –


Maybe then we would pay attention to it.

Creativity is dangerous, but it is everything.

Two children with pasts as dark as they come. Violent. Explosive. A call comes into the hand-phone.

“What? A bank robbery? Monsters everywhere? You need two heroes, Commissioner? Our two finest heroes? Jeeze. Let me see if they’re available.”

I look over to the children, patients in an acute psychiatric hospital.

“Let’s go, Batman!” says one.

“The jet!” yells the other.

The two roar off, leap from the jet, battle the invisible mob of evil, return the stolen loot, and are back within moments.

But the hand-phone rings again. “Another assignment, Commissioner?” Another few hours.

Not a curse word or moment of violence passes between them.

Later, it does. Later, one shoves the other.

“Is that the way heroes act? Are you the same ones who just saved the city like 500 times together?”

The kids look sheepishly away.

“Shhh! What’s that?”

The kids look around, unsure.

“There’s something at the end of the hallway. I know it… No! It can’t be! How did he escape? Let’s go a different way… Unless…Unless the heroes are available. They’re the only ones who can defeat Lord Hideous.”

And there they are. Instantly. Goodbye, Lord Hideous!

Creativity is dangerous, but it is also healing.

Will you answer the call?


To know more about Mr. Michael Sullivan, please visit his website M Sullivan tales: Poems, Prose, and Play.

His blog is: MSullivanrales Blog

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. zencherry
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 02:31:49

    (Dons cape) Wait! I have the shrink ray! 😉

    Great post! 😀


  2. Lisa Wields Words
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 08:05:55

    Creativity may be dangerous, but it is a danger we should all embrace. Laughter heals. Imagination heals. We really need to use them more.


  3. Li @Flash Fiction
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 11:56:05

    What a marvelous way to re-direct behavior into positive channels!


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