my magic carpet
has been a little threadbare recently
to put it mildly
the warp threads have broken in places
and the weft thinner
and lacking in the colours and textures than I'd like. . .
but it's all part
of life's rich tapestry,
and life goes on. . .
so today we're going on a little trip:
roll up for the mystery tour!
(not that the machinations of the organ in my head
should be a mystery to you lovely people by now)
gather round. . .
John William Waterhouse
one of my favourite English painters,
a pre-Raphaelite (I love the pre-Raphaelites)
shall we just take a look at a couple more of his paintings
before we get back to the subject of the day?
yes, I think so
most people are familiar with The Lady of Shalott. . .
both painting and poem, from which a stanza:
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she, The Lady of Shalott.
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
(nice that that ties in with the warp and weft or earlier, huh!)
especially for vicus:
oh and while we're in the 1880s, or thereabouts,
let's take a peak at my favourite John Singer Sargent:
but we're getting sidetracked. . .
back to the magic:
one of my favourite childhood television shows
- The Magic Roundabout -
the guy who wrote Mr Benn
lived a few roads along from where I find myself
- but that's entirely coincidental)
for those who haven't made Mr Benn's aquaintance,
he was a soberly suited man
who would visit a costume shop and choose a costume, where
"as if by magic"
- once he had put the costume on -
he would be transported to another land and time
for a rather splendid adventure
(the man in the fez is the owner of the shop,
who would provide sartorial advice to Mr Benn)
which costume would you choose?!
(answers on the back of a postcard to the usual address)
now, just change the second consonant,
and we go from
magic to magpie
and there's nothing wrong with
a slice of good pie
and to finish, I'd just like to add
and I truly hope that
your day, dear reader
has more than a little magic in it