Enchanted eye glasses…a Purim poem

The land of Persia had lost its compassion,

The people were grumpy and none were in fashion.

Their clothes were like rags, their houses all shacks,

And despite their desire, they couldn’t go back.

And why might you ask?

Well, it’s simple you see…

Their smiles had all gone — sailed out with the sea.

It would be an adventure, of course the Jews knew,

But oh dear delirious, what else could they do?

Their neighbors were gloomy and hearts grew unruly,

The falafel was dry and there was no more tabouli. 

If they be-fiddled much longer the Jews would be lost!

They must arise in boldness whatever the cost!

So, deciding to fix this terrible mess,

The kind-hearted party prepared for the quest!

Mordy would be commander-in-chief, as he would refuse all non-kosher beef.

Hagai would organize all the supplies, as he was a eunuch refusing all bribes.

Hathach delivered each package with care, for he was a boy no one could scare.

The remedy for this terrible plague,

Was beyond fudge-cycles or sweet lemonade!

It could not be purchased nor taught in mere classes

What Sushan required was Enchanted Eye Glasses!

For as each one affixed a new optical view,

Their smiles would return,

Yes! This was the clue!

With a map in one hand and dressed for success,

Morty announced, “It is time for our quest!”

Hegai was ready and packed to the brim,

Enchanted Eye Glasses for her and for him!

Hathach stayed calm, for he knew what would be,

Delivery service, — the ultimate key!

Through the streets of the city,

Tinkling bells could be heard,

The puppy dogs followed!

Even a bird!

The trio shouted for all to come out,

“It is time to let go of your terrible pout!”

At first the people appeared rather weird,

Confused and bewildered, they squinted and peered.

The notion of smiling was shocking and startling!

To each it was — just a tad bit alarming!

But before there was time for fights to begin,

Enchanted eyeglasses appeared in a spin!

Colors galore! Shapes of all sizes!

A pair for each person!


Peering through the new lenses surprises occurred,

Frowns turned to smiles, and barely was heard,

A cry or a grumble,

A peep or a fumble,

Shushan was in shock to witness this plot!

Laughter erupted so loud, even the King felt proud.

The journey continued till the sky went to sleep,

The grumpiest of grumps had bowed in defeat,

Even thugs and liars and Hayman’s conspierers,

Couldn’t help but succumb to that of a chum,

What a sight to see!

What a place to be!

All on account of a Queen destined to be!

The End 

About the Author
Born and raised in California, I moved to Alaska just out of High School where I worked on a commercial salmon vessel. After several years, I relocated to Washington State where I raised a family and pursued a career in Juvenile Corrections. Upon retiring, I began writing about my travels and experiences. Over the years, my writing has expanded to include many venues and topics, from the more personal hardships of my life to the more whimsical children's stories. My journalistic stories have been published in newspapers, on-line sites, as well as included in printed books such as "Chicken Soup for the Soul" and "The Coffee House Chronicles". I have recently enjoyed more public interaction through my writing of "spoken word" at local Jerusalem gatherings.
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