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It's never been easy to imagine myself as a boy, free of adult concerns and content with the simple joys of a favorite toy, or the simple rythym that makes little feet dance to the tune of nursery rhymes.

Something changed, I can see the image of my younger self in his light brown eyes, and the crooked grin that appears when Daddy's home for lunch. It doesn't matter that my eyes are green.

Adulthood strips the magic from the world in small pieces, until even blue skies have a certain oppresive weight that can only be measured in words like rent and responsibility.

Any father can tell you that the magic of children is more subtle, more arcane and mysterious than flights of fancy of your own boyhood. It's in the sudden need for tears at the moment they first enter the world, it's the spell of watching clumsy first steps that to a father's eye are full of wonder and grace.

Consider these words, my only son when the years have made communication more awkward and complex, that in your youth, before you could either understand my words or owned any words of your own, that you with chubby hands and crooked smiles reinvented magic before my very eyes.

Smile if you're stupid,
laugh if you understand.

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The following comments are for "Magician"
by Bartleby

First "Miss Chatterbox" and now this one. You are quite the daddy. I love these glimpses into your world. Beautifully written.


( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: October 28, 2004 )

Simply beautiful.

( Posted by: poesandpoetry [Member] On: October 28, 2004 )

Me likeee
I enjoyed this a lot. The gorgeous language was beautifully arranged. The stanza layout is interesting and executed well. I reiterate, ME LIKEEE.

( Posted by: Qwayfe [Member] On: October 28, 2004 )

Great work, as usual
Wonderful write. Nothing quite as sweet as Daddy melting.

( Posted by: EverybodyElsesGirl [Member] On: October 28, 2004 )

I loved reading this. You've always written from personal experiences. That's why its so compelling. It's good to see you at it.

( Posted by: malthis [Member] On: October 28, 2004 )

Father and Son
Bart, you are the epitome of what a father should be...unabashadly conveying his love for his son in words that he will remembr forever! I suspect that this will be so no matter how many children you may have in the future. Please, carefully preserve this so it may be handed down to his children and his children's children so they might be reminded of the love that surrounds them.
Well done Dad!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: October 29, 2004 )

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