"Daddy, I love you, let me splash you with my magic"
She said frolicking in the pool
Holding her rubber duckie
which doubled as a pool thermometer.
In her eyes it was a magic wand capable of great feats
All things were possible.
How could I tell her that life would disappoint her
in between the ecstasy and the pain
That the mementoes of a happy childhood
would dissolve into days of sadness and hurt?
Or was that true after all?
I looked into the eyes of a true lover
whose purity was unsullied by the failures of the world
and wondered if her true love would wash over me
and transform the world into a magical place
where unconditional caring was commonplace.
I turned away so that she would not see the tears
hoping that her time of magic would last long
and that some of her magic would always be there
to splash over me.