Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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.

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12 Comments:

At 1:48 AM, Blogger Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

I can just see the eye following you on your "way to the muffin shop or tailor on the main square"...

 
At 3:20 AM, Blogger Brian Miller said...

nice poem...perhaps the magic will return....hopefully. smiles.

 
At 5:38 AM, Blogger Helen said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this poem / story ...... written richly and simply.

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger Alexis said...

Awesome, I loved it! Very original.

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger ArtSparker said...

Wow, Greg, that is lovely. It certainly reminds me of something, but I can't identify - or see clearly? - what that something is.

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Lorenzo - I think there is a camera in that eye.

Brian - The magic is always out there...somewhere.

Helen - Thanks. Not sure if it's a poem or story.

Alexis - Thanks.

Susan - Maybe there is a similar eye over there in Oakland following you, and you didn't know it!

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Shayna Prentice said...

ArtSparker Susan sent me here ... I am so glad she did! Wondrous tale!

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger Clowncar said...

Came here from Sparky's place as well.

Nice story. I like how they are left wondering if "the new eyes she doctored as worthy as ours."

Gatsby's eye on the billboard comes to mind.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Shayna - Thanks for dropping by. I'll send Susan her gift for making the introductions.

Clowncar - I was thinking Gatsby too but couldn't quite make the connection in the tale. Maybe East Egg without West Egg.

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Tumblewords: said...

I always regret seeing magic flee. Nice piece, for sure!

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger sheri... said...

tremendous magpie tale! this was beautifully woven together and, might i say, magical? it was such a pleasure to stop by and read your post, can't wait for the next one!

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Sheri - Thanks, and I hope we "meet" again soon over another Magpie Tale.

 

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