Underneath the Spell

I don't need a castle in the clouds

I'd rather keep my feet planted firmly on the ground

Oh, and I don't believe in the magic of a kiss

Unless you count the beats my heart can miss

But the butterflies fluttering within me

Are the only wild creatures in the vicinity


All the sparks can fly

Create a dazzling display of light

And that still won't be enough

For me to call it love

Cinderella knows all too well

What's underneath the spell


Who really needs a knight in shining armor

Or a handsome prince to charm her

Does that big white steed

Guarantee your heart's purity

No, I won't be whisked away to some castle in the sky

Here on earth I see clearly what is right before my eyes

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Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful lines with an inspiring message. It is the heartbeat and inner feelings that matter, not outer beauty and expressions.

But, I am unable to view the video as it tells the video is not available (even on youtube).


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Jodah 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

A wonderful poem, Shanmarie. A lot of people live in their own fantasy land.


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Ericdierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I like it. Great stuff to contemplate. I need my reality checker.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

No fooling this lady...she sees what she sees and doesn't fall for the bright lights, fireworks and glitter. Love your poetry, Shannon!


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whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

Well expressed my friend. You are a gifted writer. whonu


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hello Venkatachari,

Thanks for seeing the message. If you want to hear the song I put with it, you can probably find it somewhere on YouTube. It's called "It's Midnight Cinderella" by Garth Brooks. I couldn't find a YouTube video with him actually singing it though.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Jodah,

Yes, people often do live in their own fantasy world, especially when it comes to love.


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MizBejabbers 5 months ago

Good poetry, this lady has probably heard one too many lines. The song is funny. I don't remember ever hearing it before, but I like it.


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

Love it! lol! and so true! what a great poem!


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manatita44 5 months ago from london

Nice one, Shanmarie. Sharp; in control and telling it as it is. I'm preparing my shining armour (smile) Much Love.


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fpherj48 5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shan.....This must have been written by a very realistic, level-headed, modest young woman........Wait! You wrote this! OK, never mind!! I love your ability & talent for writing true fiction!! LOL. Do Knights in shining armor really exist? How do they dance with us????

Peter, Peter, the punkin eater?? No thanks. I prefer Peter Pan. He can FLY!!


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jhamann 5 months ago from Reno NV

Your poem enlightens the truth behind love: work and build memories, live life with love on our side. Thank you for sharing. Jamie


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AudreyHowitt 5 months ago from California

Beautifully expressed Shan!


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Eric,

It's certainly good to have a reality check once in awhile.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Bill! But does she avoid what she sees it walk headfirst into it anyway? LOL


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, whonu. I appreciate that.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

One two maintained indeed, MizB. Yes, the song is funny. I actually thought of it after I wrote that. But it seemed to fit. LOL


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Nell. Glad you love it.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hahaha, Manatita. Better she see what's under the armor. ;)


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hahaha! Paula, you crack me up. I've been called those things a time or two. . . OK, more than that. LOL

Thanks for the compliment. I can write "true fiction" like this because it's not entirely fiction if I think and feel it, imagine it, etc.

Peter Pan???? He's so. . .childish. Hehehe. Now I crack myself up. Look what you've done.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Jamie. It all takes some work to build, doesn't it?


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Audrey! Glad you stopped by to read.


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Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

Really great poetry, Dear Shan. You do have such a gift to pour out what's in your heart onto the pages seemingly effortlessly. You are a true poet, who should know it!

Love the song too. Now, you and Paula have me singing that country song that is out now, "Peter Pan" which is about those men out there who never really grow up into the men they should be in this life.

Peace and blessings


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Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Thanks, Shan. I enjoyed the song just now. I searched it on Google with the song and singer's name and it appeared immediately within a second. It's very entertaining.


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

Who needs fantasy when we've got the real thing? yea!


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ChitrangadaSharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

Nicely expressed poem! The truth behind real love sketched out beautifully!

Thank you!


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Shan, this is truly down to earth and beautiful. I don't think I would want to live in a castle in the air either, on that line I thought of the saying: neurotics build castles in the air psychotics live in them and I added psychiatrist collect the rent.

Blessings and hugs my friend.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Theresa. What a poetically playful reply! LOL Thanks. I haven't heard that song. I'll have to find it on YouTube.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Glad you found it. Venkatachari. It's amusing.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

That's right, Ruby! Who needs it? LOL


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, ChitrangadaSharan. I appreciate that.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Shyron,

I haven't heard that saying before, but I like it. Especially with your edition. LOL


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fpherj48 5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shan......Wait a minute! I thought fantasy was allowed! Peter Pan IS childish, but I'm Tinkerbelle! Scuse me, I'm looking for my magic wand. I dropped it last night while spreading pixie dust on your house!! Did you feel the magic this morning?? I hope so! That's a hell of a long trip, even by air!!


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Wellll. . .it started out with fantasy not allowed, but Peter Peter the Pumpkin Eater changed all that. . . Showing Cinderella a good time all night inside her pumpkin coach. LOL

Awww, magic for me? How sweet! Maybe now I can fly!


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fpherj48 5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

You can fly if you believe you can!! That's what Peter tells me!


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Oh, Tinkerbell, you silly woman. Didn't YOU teach him to fly? What does he know? I need a man who knows how to grow up eventually, at least enough to be responsible. . .Besides, he's got that house in the sky thing going on. Didn't I tell you, I am not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of falling? LOL I can't even stand to climb steps that I can see through because they make me nervous. So just to be sure, you better teach me how to fly. I don't trust little Pan.


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DREAM ON 5 months ago

A wonderful mix of fantasy we all know and the way you bring in a touch of reality. Interesting and fun.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Dream On. Glad you enjoyed it.


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DREAM ON 5 months ago

You keep opening the envelope of life. I usually push all my mail a side and say junk mail I will read it later.


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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas Author

Shhhhh.....don't tell anyone. That's how I often handle my actual mail. Even the important stuff. I'm a terrible procrastinator far too often! But. . .when it comes to life, better to go ahead and open that envelope! More pleasant surprises than bad ones lately.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Most expressive and magical poetry.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 months ago

Shan, you have written of life

No magical fairy tale

But, about the truest love

That life could ever tell

*

This is beautifully said and reminds me of a verse I wrote for my husband about 32 years ago, we have been married for 34.

Blessings my friend.


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shanmarie 4 months ago from Texas Author

Awww, Shyron. So glad you are happily married for so long. No magic in real life, but it can be magical sometimes nonetheless.

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