Tuesday, April 4, 2017

We Are The Fairy Tales to How To Tell Kid Where Babies Come From 
Lovers share the secret of the heart 
Dad shares where babies come from 



We Are The Fairy Tales (Shakespearean sonnet) 

What need have we of others’ fairy tales
When we can be as stars within a sky
Can be so free to cast love’s dreams on sails
Which free the need to hold lingering sigh
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They stayed to play amid our star kissed waves
When play gave way to secrets of the heart
Gave way to sway as passion misbehaves
In sway we stayed in love transformed to art
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Refused the news of something might be new
Their news were views locked in some distant past
When views did snooze till life passed on through
Though snooze refused we woke them up at last
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The need we freed creating tales of love
Still stayed and swayed in starlight from above 


Lovers free others lost imaginations in this Shakespearean sonnet. If we haven't noticed this sonnet contains a heavy word play. The second and forth syllables of each quatrain contains a four sound/word round. (In the first quatrain: need, we, be and free.) This represents a living playfulness. With this in mind, what happens in th rhyming couplet? 

Arlene and I may have slowed down: as young lovers. as we got older, or maybe transformed. The disco days were made for us. We were the princess and prince of the dance floor. Our parenting days left plenty of opportunities for holding hands, hugging and cuddling, an affection kiss or two. And when the bedroom door closed... When I joined the Masons, their parties consisted of dinner, drinks and maybe some live music. With our kids on their own, Arlene and I were going to movies, dining, theaters, the symphony, opera and such. When we were placed in charge of parties we introduced dancing. We did this by hiring a singer/dance instructor. Once we got the men dancing, the rest was easy. Dances were just part of the fun. With the money the Lodge had, the only limitation was imagination. The Masons were getting old and covered with dust. Arlene and I were the right people in the right time. Someone else, Ernie Bluer, called for a rejuvenation of Masonry. So we introduced train trips, visits to wineries. forests, haunted houses to name a few. Our dances became legendary. We danced on top of the city, out on the bay, in gardens, even in a lion house. Arlene and I were fairy tales. It was so satisfying seeing couples letting go. People were young again. The magic was spreading and contagious. What was even more rewarding to Arlene and me was that others took over where we left off. The magic that ignited in our time is still alive. 

As time ticks by we are getting older. Once we reach a certain age, there are things that we cannot do anymore. But our minds; There's a wonder. "You are only as old as you feel." I'm certain many of us have heard that one. According to a 2014 study done by scientists from University College London, people who saw themselves younger were generally healthier and over all had a longer life expectancy. (source: The daily Mail) How our minds think about ourselves effects how we look and how we look at life and the things around us. Change the way we think and we change the world. And who are we? How old are we, really? Grow? Glow? Our mind is a wonder. It can even attract to itself like things; Like joys. like interests, like thoughts, et cetera. Is there magic? Let us open our minds. Experience and Enjoy. 


Is there magic? Let's ask Barry: Barry Manilow "Could it be Magic" 

Imagination is equal to a dad answering a little girl's question 


According to WebMD, most children begin asking questions at the age of 3  to 4. One of the questions might be. "Where do babies come from?' This can be an uncomfortable situation. Here is New Zealander Jordan Watson, of How To Dad, to share with us what other dad's do when and if this moment arises. 
Note: any similarities to reality are similarities to reality. "HOW TO TELL A KID WHERE BABIES COME FROM" 


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33 comments:

  1. Hello, I like the poem and the title. You do spread the magic. I agree we are as old as we feel, living a healthy and more active helps. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you. So glad you enjoyed.
      You spread magic yourself.

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  2. Loved the poem and what it means, the music too was good to the ear.
    Thanks for a wonderful post Martin.

    Yvonne.

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    1. So happy to have added wonder to your day.
      Thank you for all your support.

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  3. It sure is tough but they normally find it out by themselves. Some don't talk about it but they do it - that is rough!

    Hank

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    1. I was one of the lucky dads. That was one of the questions I didn't have to deal with.
      Thank you for making time for me

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  4. I so appreciate your wise posts!

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    1. You're welcome and thank you for stopping by

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  5. One day we learn we can't do what we used to, but doesn't mean fun can't be had. Keep your mind young and active and the healthier you can be

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    1. If that London study doesn't give us reason enough.
      Thank you for the affirmation.

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  6. I am a firm believer in magic. With no plans to grow up. Grow old? Yes, but my inner child will still thrive.

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    1. Well, be prepared to live a long long life.
      Thank you and be happy

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  7. I enjoyed your poem and I'm glad you and Arlene breathed new life into the masons.

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    1. Thank you. I am so glad that you enjoyed.

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  8. I can so imagine you and Arlene as the disco king and Queen! Great post!

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    1. Oh no. We were prince and princess. The King and Queen (Gary and Gloria) were our friends.
      Thank you

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  9. Dancing does so much good so many times, it's wonderful to be able to dance when so many people can't due to many things.
    You both were truly blessed to know your left foot from your right.

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    1. We were the right people in the right time. I bet you are too.
      Thank for taking time to be here

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  10. This is a lovely poem, and as you say, very playful. Combined with your thoughts about love and coupling and dancing, the whole post is full of life and love. I really appreciate it all.

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate your words of praise.
      So pleased you enjoyed your visit

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  11. Gave way to sway as passion misbehaves
    In sway we stayed in love transformed to art

    A very stylish sonnet. These paired lines were especially powerful.

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    1. So glad this caught your interest. Quite a compliment.
      Thank you for the input

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  12. Loved you entire (and very interesting) post Martin.
    I am a great believer in the conclusions of the UCL research and live every day for the joy of it. Birthdays (to me) mean I am a day older than the day before and they do not worry me as they fly by - admittedly to quickly - with time.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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    1. Thank you for the compliment.
      Appreciate you sharing your thoughts. For me, time goes by slowly (that has challenges too). So glad you stopped by.

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  13. I can picture you guys on the dance floor while reading this.
    Cute video too. hahaha. Have a good day Martin.
    Lisa

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  14. PS: I want to see more "Thor" Videos hahaha.
    Lisa

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    1. You...! (Thor) Hee hee
      If you can see us, I'm sure you can find a dance lounge that specializes in partner dancing.
      Thank you and good luck

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  15. Martin, I think this is my favourite of your poems. I love the opening stanza so much........."when we can be as stars within the sky" and the focus on dreams and hope....just lovely. I always love your notes after, about your life with Arlene. You two sure had fun. What a wonderful life you lived. Thank you for this uplifting post.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.
      When I said "We" I meant you too. Follow your dreams and see.
      Thank you for all of your inspirational words.

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  16. What need have we of others' fairy tales indeed? It sounds like you and Arlene created your own!! This is beautiful, Martin.

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    1. Yes we did. And we had people willing to finance those dreams.
      Thank you and dream on...

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