MAGPIE TALES: When Magic Left Our Parish
(Our return engagement with the weekly Magpie Tales gang. Check the others here.)
We never acknowledged her lisp.
Did it matter that Dr. Vonda
struggled to enunciate her words?
She was the first female ophthalmologist
in our parish and so beloved.
Her little shop at the corner of Beria and Grove
had a dusky blue sign that announced:
"The Courier of Site".
As she guided our eyes with her tiny red light,
she would assure us with "You're doing fine"
even if she saw glaucoma or worse.
Why did she leave our village so soon,
leaving behind that ceramic blue eye that
stared at us as we passed by on our way
to the muffin shop or tailor on the main square?
Where did she go, and were the new eyes
she doctored as worthy as ours.
Dr. Victor soon bought her shop but shared no
details of the transaction nor where and why his
predecessor had gone. He did a worthy job
and saved the Dorset twins from blindness by
catching a nerve disorder just in time.
But everyone agreed, even with the eye icon
still on the square, the magic was gone.