A newborn baby in a cot
that’s magic.
A baked potato, piping hot
that’s magic.
A cartoon on a Saturday
a muffin on a baker’s tray
a tabby cat that wants to play
that’s magic.

A rainbow peeking through the rain
that’s magic.
A multicoloured candy cane
that’s magic.
A puppy learning how to bark
a chocolate eaten in the dark
a game of football in the park
that’s magic.

A lion waking from a nap
that’s magic.
Your uncle doing his ‘cool rap’
that’s… tragic.
A doctor looking down your throat
the buttons on your winter coat
the beard on a billy goat
that’s magic.

A dolphin diving in the deep,
that’s magic.
A brand new watch that’s yours to keep,
that’s magic.
Just have a look round where you dwell,
The sea, the sky, the land as well –
you don’t need wands or magic spells
for magic.

© Joshua Seigal (from Welcome to My Crazy Life, Bloomsbury 2020)