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through a child's eyes

believe in magic

By River JoyPublished 2 months ago β€’ 2 min read
Top Story - September 2023

i used to believe in magic

real magic

weird magic

for a very short while

i thought very tiny people

controlled automated toilets and sinks

and it only freaked me out for a second

because my kid brain thought

of course they must be qualified

you'd have to be highly mature

to see all those butts

i believed in technological magic

that windshield wipers could sense

how much rain there was

and that's why they changed speed

for the record this exists now

these were not the kind of things

they were covering on mythbusters

when the tooth fairy was

inadvertently outed

by a fairly traumatic leprechaun incident

in kindergarten

i told my mom

i didn't want to know about santa

because i wasn't ready for christmas morning


to go away

i built so many fairy houses

with my best friend

i'm convinced they still inhabit the woods

around her childhood home

we played a game called life

with a grateful dead bear named life

with nothing but bare feet, feral energy

and limitless imagination


as we do when we get older

i stopped believing in magic

then i realized as an adult

it still exists

we just have all these answers now

that make it harder to find

now it is music that touches my soul

that makes me laugh or cry

it exists when i hold the hand

of the person I love

sometimes it exists because science is so cool

sometimes it comes from some nice rocks

and a spell I found on reddit

words create it, art creates it

often it exists in the purity

of a single humans action

because we create it


and since i started seeing it again

i find myself existing, magically

behind the eyes of a child

Hi all! I've never done this before, but I really enjoyed writing this poem and thought it could be a fun prompt for others to follow! Write a poem, any kind of poem, about reconnecting with your inner child. Link it here! I'll collect them all and put them together in a post on 10/9. Have fun! πŸ–€β™₯οΈπŸ–€

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About the Creator

River Joy

I make things with paint and words and light. I was once described as an asshole with Mr. Rogers vibes.


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  • Rob Angeliabout a month ago

    Feel of the childhood cogs rolling, so well painted. Tardy congratulations on Top Story, and a lovely prompt. I guess I'm too late, I'll look in to what came of it before too long.

  • Jazzy 2 months ago

    I think about the magic my daughter has in her eyes so often and I do crave that back- but like you said I find it in other ways πŸ₯ΉπŸ’•

  • Micheal Chinedu2 months ago

    Nice job

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Yep such magic still exists if you know how to find it, or like you said we β€˜create’ it. I love this idea. Terrific poem! β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    Oj, I am so sorry, missed the Top Story memo apparently- Super congratulations! Truly beautiful words and sentiment 🀍

  • Celia in Underland2 months ago

    This had been on my to read list for a couple of days. I think magic made me wait because it is exactly the beautiful, whimsical, hopeful sound I needed on this rather gloomy Saturday. Beautifully written and you have such a captivating voice -I loved the video so much! Wonderful 🀍

  • Samir Ali2 months ago

    Thank you .i write a short horror story. if anyone like you can check my profile

  • We posted a poem about revisiting childhood. Hope you like it. https://vocal.media/poets/castle-treasure πŸ’™Anneliese

  • This is CuteπŸ’–πŸ“πŸ‘Congratulations on Your Top StoryπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  • Wonderfully done, River. You captured the kid brain very well.πŸ’™Anneliese

  • Angel Vaughan 2 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful perspective that I needed to see the light!

  • Time to be sure, River. This is magical & movingly so.

  • Tressa Rose2 months ago

    I loved this!!! Awesome job!

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Great work! Magical piece! Loved it!

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Beautiful words reminiscent of years gone by. It's funny how you get lost in a daydream about your own childhood when reading something as inspiring as this. Thank you for that. And congrats!!!

  • Very nicely written. I like how you brought your childhood beliefs around into adulthood. Very well done. Congratulations on your top story!

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Fabulous!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’•

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    This is so good, River. 'spell found on Reddit' - genius. Congrats on the Top Story!

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago


  • Naveed2 months ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story! β€πŸ’–πŸ’“πŸ’šπŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Lovely poem, River. I'll have to consider joining in.

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    awww this is great, River!! Magic exists in so many ways, like you said 😍

  • Denise E Lindquist2 months ago

    Enjoyed and like the prompt idea. Don't know how to link what I wrote here? In this comment section?

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Beautiful poem. Well done and congrats on the TS

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