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Underneath the Spell

Updated on July 22, 2017
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Shannon is a passionate individual whose feelings and thoughts sometimes spill onto the pages in the form of poetry.

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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      Shannon 13 months ago from Texas

      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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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago from Texas

      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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 14 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most expressive and magical poetry.

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      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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      DREAM ON 14 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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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Thanks, Dream On. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      DREAM ON 14 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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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      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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      Paula 14 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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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      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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      Paula 14 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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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Hi Shyron,

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

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, ChitrangadaSharan. I appreciate that.

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

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

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

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

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      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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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      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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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

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

      Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Venkatachari M 14 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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      Faith Reaper 14 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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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

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

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      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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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

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

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, Nell. Glad you love it.

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      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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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, whonu. I appreciate that.

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

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

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Hi Eric,

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

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      Audrey Howitt 14 months ago from California

      Beautifully expressed Shan!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 14 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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      Paula 14 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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      manatita44 14 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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      Nell Rose 14 months ago from England

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

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      MizBejabbers 14 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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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      Hi Jodah,

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

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      Shannon 14 months ago from Texas

      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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      whonunuwho 14 months ago from United States

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

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      Bill Holland 14 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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      Eric Dierker 14 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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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Venkatachari M 14 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).