Saturday, July 24, 2021

Real Magic

not-quite Journaling, 17

 the poetry:

 A witch knows
real magic isn’t conjured
out of hats: power lies
not in trickery but in work.

To feel magic,
stick your fingers in the dirt.
To craft magic,
plant a well-loved seed.
To see magic,
care for each sprout and watch it
grow into fruit—

the harvest of your work is always
a taste of real magic.

and the inspiration:

7/17/2021: New York City has been under a heat advisory for the last few days. With temperatures around 90 °F sucking moisture out of everything, I’ve had to water my wee garden twice a day, even thrice a day (in the case of plants in small pots). The birdbath has been a busy place. And the whole garden has been extra-lively with bees and wasps and stink bugs and other winged things. I don’t particularly enjoy the intense heat, but I am grateful that it gives me a chance to make life easier for other living things. I hope you are having a good weekend. If not, I hope you’ve found a way to get something good out of the bad.

7/20/2021: It looks like one of my tomatoes is either cloning itself or masquerading as a tiny gourd (some of my Instagram friends suggested that it might be a blushing snowman or BB-8).


- for Poets and Storytellers United--Writers’ Pantry #80: The Struggle Is Real.

36 comments:

  1. Nice yes that's where the magic lies
    Sorry about the heat. It is a worry all the flooding and heatwaves all over the planet. Keep cool

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    1. Mother Nature isn't happy. And who can blame her? We've made quite the mess.

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    2. I hope you're keeping comfy, too.

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  2. I love seeing the results of your magic, both in words and pictures.

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  3. Oh, how very true! It's is magic, or almost magic, to see all that one tiny speck of seed can become! I love that tomato! They look so ready to pop in your mouth!

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    1. I have been doing a significant amount of tomato popping lately. And they have been delicious!

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  4. Ah real magic, that touch of DIVINE. Luv your post. Happy Sunday

    much❤love

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    1. Indeed, Nature certainly is the "DIVINE" that touches us.

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  5. Nothing is quite as satisfying as having a garden that enjoys the hard work you put into it. Flowers are fine but I always had great pride in growing vegeatable and and even fruit trees.

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  6. I love this wise poetic reminder that magic grows where you water it.

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  7. yes, hard work, and the love of what you are doing, is the real magic. (does it applies to poetry?)
    stay safe, stay hydrated. :)

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    1. I think it applies to all things, including poetry (all right, especially poetry).

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  8. Yes, your poetry is a recipe for true magic. Not only for nature's treasures, but for one's self as well. Plant a seed in the soil of one's soul, care for it, and watch it sprout into love. That will be the harvest.

    I dont know what a BB-8 is. ??

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    1. "Plant a seed in the soil of one's soul..." I love that.

      BB-8 is a robot in the Star Wars movies. It has a small round head set on a bigger round body.

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  9. I like your poem, Real Magic, a lot. It makes a lot of sense; real magic isn't abstract but putting effort in whatever one is working on.

    Wishing you a lovely Summer, despite the heat. Hope you take it easy with those workouts and give your joints a break. <3

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    1. Thank you, Khaya. I've been letting my flesh and bones rest for a while. Now, I can start (again) at a less insane pace.

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  10. I'm so glad you enjoy your "wee garden". We are in for a week of high temps as well. So thankful for AC!

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    1. I've found myself feeling extra thankful for AC many times this summer!

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  11. Your garden is lovely and thanks you for all the drinks along with the birds and the bees etc. Lovely poem.

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    1. You (and the birds and the bees) are most welcome. 😊

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  12. Lovely poem, lovely flowers, but WOW! Those tomatoes!

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  13. You are so right about that magic .... I am envious of your home grown tomatoes ... we suffer with you in all the heat, thankful for our low humidity. Happy New Week!!!

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    1. If you were here, I would totally share my tomatoes with you.

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  14. Your words draw a sigh of contentment from my heart XXX

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  15. I so wish my thumb was green. Unfortunately my magic is not in growing things but in making them sing.

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  16. Your garden is amazing! Wow girl! Tomatoes?? Cool! We have been dealing with very high temperatures also! You can't even breathe when you go outside! I love your words!! Big Hugs!

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