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Midday Midnight

·716 words·4 mins·
poem-swap 2024
Jerry S
Jerry S
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Demon’s curse nor angel’s blessing
Sun and moon aligned

Neither will find its place
In the Midday Moon’s Midnight

Hidden from the eye of heaven
Too far for the claws of hell

Swift shadow’s veil, hear me now
Pour, pour, pour
Into the insides of these chalices

Save your might for another time
Benevolent or malicious
Help whoever frees you reach their deepest wishes

Inspiration Revealed

My muses inspire me when I write.

Your muses inspire you when you read.

Below I choose to disclose the inspirations and interpretations of my own poems.

Maybe our muses told us some of the same things. Read on below if you really want to find out.


I’ve never cast a spell before. This might be my first.

Once Upon a Time

I remember watching the series “Once Upon a Time” and it taught me a lot about magic.

An iconic Once Upon a Time series image

There is a lot of magic all over the place in the show with potions, spells, curses being made and cast by the characters. The ingredients for these can be commonplace items or items that are rarer and harder to find. In one episode the characters need to make a potion from a tear of a broken heart.

What???? A tear…from a broken heart? Like most people I had suspended my belief for much of the show but during this episode I asked myself how a tear from a broken heart can be different from a normal tear?

This idea of tears from a broken heart stuck with me. Then the greater question, what makes things magical? Does magic even exist?

Yes, of course! It does.

The simple magic of things

If you aren’t convinced of the magic of things you can easily think of a family heirloom that is handed down from generation to generation. This has been done in movies and in real life alike. Say for example, a wedding band passed from daughter to daughter, generation to generation. What is so special about the ring being in the family? Nothing really, but many would agree that something other than just the ring itself would be lost if the ring were to disappear.

Another simple example is if you get a gift from someone and then after possessing it for a time you lose it. You might be able to simply replace it by buying a new one, but in my opinion the gift quality of the object is lost if you just replace it, even if it’s a perfect copy.

Well, if you understand those examples then it’s easy to see how much more powerful the magic of things can become.

Eclipse of April 8, 2024

When I heard of the eclipse occurring April 8, 2024 I got it into my head that I would collect the darkness of the eclipse, seal it up, and contain it within a vessel. For what purpose? Well, I don’t know exactly. I don’t know what eclipse darkness can be used for. What makes it different from the normal type of darkness? Will it be used for something good or bad? I feel like a merchant in possession of wares that he himself doesn’t fully understand. It’s like finding a magic lamp with a genie inside, not knowing it, and selling it to someone without knowing its full value.

My Very Own Spell

I wrote this spell, in the form of a poem, to coax the ecliptic twilight into containment at the height of the eclipse. In addition to this, there is a catalyst I included to help bind the twilight so that it won’t simple disappear once the container is opened.

Help from a friend

I didn’t write this spell by myself. I got stuck at some point. Luckily, a friend of mine looked at a trouble spot and threw some ideas at me for how to change it. Near the last few moments before the eclipse I used some of her suggestions in the first and second verse. Thank you!

What comes next?

I might have done magic in the past before, but this is definitely the first time I intentionally cast a spell.

I cannot wait to see what this leads to.