The Magic Locket


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My daughter who always plans ahead, will be so proud of me. I'm ready to read this for her rehersal dinner. . . next June.

The Magic Locket

Last night, my little girl asked this of me,

“Daddy, please tell me a story

It must have magic, it must have mystery

It must have love!”


So, once upon a time there was a princess,

Anxious to grow up

Anxious for her prince

Anxious for her love


She had a magic locket with a magic clasp

And when she longed for love the most

She opened it and sprinkled magic dust

Upon her breakfast toast


Saying, “Take me to my future,

Make me all grown up and such,

Take me to my prince,

Take me to my love.”


It never really took her anywhere

Except within her heart, where

She thought she saw a handsome prince

Waiting for her love.


She wondered if he’d like her,

Would she be pretty for his smile?

Would he put her up upon his horse,

And let her ride awhile?


She went away to princess school,

Where some just didn’t know,

And treated her quite ordinary,

Because the princess didn’t show.


There, she’d open up her locket,

Sprinkling dust upon her dream,

That someday soon her prince would know,

He held a princess in his gleam.


Today my daughter called to me,

“Daddy, guess what? if you can;

My prince just asked me marry him

And I just have time to plan-


A summer song to learn to love

And see with him the world

Then off to school, his medical school

And all the while, his girl!”


What happed to that long lost time?

Did that magic locket steal it?

‘Cause my little girl’s a princess fine

And nothing can conceal it.


Tomorrow, in the magic kingdom

I’ll see my grown-up princess smile

And I’ll escort her slow to meet her prince

At the ending of the aisle.


“Aw, Daddy,” my daughter clapped and cried,

“Will it really end that way?”

“Of course it will,” I grandly sighed,

“It will be your wedding day.”


Now, ever after, is just a phrase

Without your locket’s magic dust

And happily, some nostalgic phase

Without mutual love and trust.


Your childhood mystery’s at an end

But let that locket shape your life

Respect your prince, your prayed for friend

And share his castle, as his wife.


Some days you’ll find pairing’s easy

While others, drain you more than most

But on the days you’re downright queasy,

Slowly chew some sprinkled toast.

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ginga commented on The Magic Locket


Harver, A poem of devotion and love with the last stanza giving back a chuckle in foolhardy style. The whimsy here is endearing. ginga



When you are close to tears in public, laughter becomes the better choice. Harv

PoetWithCancer commented on The Magic Locket


I wish I had time right now to give this poem the commentary it deserves. But I have appointments, and I have been up sleepless tonight. Now sleep has reach its compulsory power. // But I will tell you some of what this poem meant to me ;personally. I always wanted children. I was married once, for seven years. My wife aborted the only baby that I fathered. This was done without my even knowing about it, and I didn't find out for a year. // I wept over this poem. Setting aside for now its artistic merit, I will speak of its human merit. This poem spoke to me. This is a poem by a good father who loves his daughter. It stirred in me much respect for you, and much regret for me that I was denied the joy of seeing my child grow up and perhaps be here now for me, in this time of my greatest need. // If I had been able to raise my child, I believe I would have been a good father, too.



P.S. I set aside consideration of the artistic merit of this poem only because I don't have time now to give it its just due. This poem does have artistic merit. The best thing about how the poem was written is that it fits so well the meaning and the story that it tells. It's a beautiful story, and it's a beautiful poem. // --Michael LP, Mr. Poet



God bless you Michael with all true consolations. Harv

Olan01 commented on The Magic Locket


Little girls begin early to think of their wedding and their prince charming; would all will find bless in their wedding day. Parents sometime tell wonderful stories. You have written such a story, Harver.



Thank you, Olan1

rsalassi commented on The Magic Locket


If you are familiar with the off-Broadway musical hit of yesteryear "The Fantastics!" you'll know what I mean about this poem's tone striking a harmonic chord with that play. Excellent!



I'll have to look this wonderful creation up and get acquainted. Harv

gmcookie commented on The Magic Locket


Harver, I just got back from Vietnam where I married off my adopted Vietnamese son. You know, they make us so proud, these kids. But a wedding? It seems like so much comes together, the pride, the sense of loss, the sense of gain, hope, fear, expectation, anticipation - the whole gamut of human emotion wells to the surface on that day. My advice to you is to drink plenty of champagne, and don't forget your handkerchief! Another great poem, Harv.



Thanks, I'll come prepared. Harv

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

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