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ordinary magic

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Is there magic in your life? In mine, there is magic. Not the kind of magic where the course of events is influenced by mysterious forces but rather, a quality that makes something seem removed from everyday life, in a way that gives delight.


Although I am a biologist and understand that even the magical can usually be described in concrete terms, I prefer to not try to ‘puzzle out’ at least some of the ‘magic’ in my life. After all, what is more delightful and truly mysterious than a six-sided snowflake, the pattern of veins in a basil leaf, the smell of lavender at bedtime, the pungent, cold-busting taste of turmeric, or a line in a movie that brings tears to your eyes.


When I wrote the poem below, I was playing Dungeons and Dragons regularly and keeping watch for the magical in life. I still have the small blue jar with the magical false bottom.




ordinary magic


small blue jar

emptied of face cream

has a false bottom when held to the light

a bright inverted inner shell

hovers untouchable


the peel of an orange

spurts flammable oil

cantrips of fire


press a shell to your ear

murmur of ocean




Copyright Jane Tims 2018

Written by jane tims

January 31, 2018 at 7:22 am

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  1. Hmmm……thanks for reminding me to stop and feel the magic.

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    Lone Grey Squirrel

    January 31, 2018 at 8:23 am

    • There should be lots of magic up in those trees where you spend your day!!!!


      jane tims

      January 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm

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