Writing from prompts is so much fun, because the outcome is almost always a complete surprise. For me, it is exactly how Forrest Gump described a box of chocolates: “You never know what you’re going to get.” I wrote this quickly, mostly focused on making silly rhymes, but reading it now, I guess today’s Daily Prompt: Elixir must have gotten me thinking about what I’d want from a magic potion, how we view – and sometimes become a part of – other people’s “magic” shows, and the real and true magic we hold inside ourselves.
The girl gazed at the magic man
The Queen of Hearts tucked in his hand
The card, in pieces, was torn through
As he promised to restore her to
The comfort of the fifty one
The Queen a pawn in all the fun
The young girl watched in full belief
Of the tricks he had up his sleeve
She wondered if in the dark arts
He dabbled when the stage was dark
What if he knew the strong elixir,
A potion which could finally fix her?
Oh, she’d be so pretty then
Smart and clever, witty when
A brave, beautiful girl was needed
To be publicly mistreated
When magic men sought not faint-hearted
Ladies to be sawed or darted
Or wrapped in chains, then plucked from danger
By the perpetrating stranger
But just as she began to ask
For a strong potion in a flask
And disappear all that was broken
Suddenly, the Queen had spoken
Her Highness gently, sadly scolded,
“Look at me, so cruelly folded
Torn into a thousand bits
Just to be his magic trick
I was the Queen of Hearts, you know!
He made me small just for his show
I’d been a strong and precious card
And now my face and hearts are scarred
But you, she said, with newfound ardor
You don’t have to be a martyr
Unnbroken, you are whole of parts
Untouched by the man’s saws and darts
Why would you volunteer to be
Sawed through, torn up, or unchained free?
My dear, you are your own Magician
Not the beautiful assistant
Do not be fooled by slight of hand
There’s no such thing as a magic man.”
3 thoughts on “The Magician & the Queen of Hearts”
Very well said about Daily prompts. Totally agree that nothing is magical.
Beautiful written and can’t agree more on …Writing from prompts is so much fun, because the outcome is almost always a complete surprise!
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You have been busy writing! This is one is so much fun, and I loved the “riding the bus” post. You are a writer with a wide range of skill. Well done!