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Poetic Magic: Disneyland

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Besides writing psychological poetry, Mark enjoys exploring a variety of topics from surfing to juicy grandma kisses.

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The Wonderful World of Childhood

There is no time in our lives, perhaps, when dreams are more powerful than our childhood. It is a period when our imagination runs wild and free. We fantasize about being professional ballplayers, princesses, ballerinas, among other things.

Some of our childhood dreams, we cling to, and, if given the opportunity, fulfill them especially if we are blessed with enough money and good health.

As a child, I loved watching Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in the sixties. And I imagined myself one day visiting Disneyland and meeting those fictional characters that I believed to be real.

It took me quite a few years to realize my dream of visiting Disneyland but I eventually made it in 2012 to see Mickey Mouse and his friends marching down Main Street USA.

Disneyland, the Poem

I was sixty-years-old when I first went to Disneyland.

I always wanted to see Dumbo and Jiminy Cricket

when I was a kid growing up in Philly,

but my parents didn’t believe

that dreams could come true

or that the happiest place on earth really did exist.


In 2012, Tinker Bell finally sprinkled pixie dust

over my head, and when I awoke

I found myself sliding down a massive chute,

watching marionettes and puppets harmonize,

boarding a train, spinning inside of an oversized teacup,

laughing hysterically with Goofy,

and taking a spoonful of sugar from Mary.


Dreams really do come true, I discovered

as Peter Pan flew around me,

and Minnie Mouse flirted with Mickey

while I walked down Main Street

in the bright Anaheim sunshine

with Cinderella and none other than Walt Disney.


I closed my eyes and strapped on tight,

hang-glided through the clouds, over snowy mountaintops,

citrus fields, blue oceans, golden bridges

and Redwood trees as old as dinosaurs.

I soared over California in a 3-D paradise

and couldn’t stop singing,

It’s a small world, after all.

It's a small world, after all.

Comments

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on December 30, 2019:

You’re welcome, Umesh

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 29, 2019:

Good one. Thanks.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on December 11, 2019:

Thanks, Nella

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on December 11, 2019:

Very sweet poem!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 31, 2019:

Iqra, it truly is a wonderful place. A tribute to human creativity.

Iqra from Pakistan on October 31, 2019:

I have never been to Disney World, but I know it's a fun place to go.

Thank you for sharing a wonderful poem

Great penmanship!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 31, 2019:

Asad, your Disney trip will be well worth it.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 31, 2019:

Brenda, your story is both a bummer and a blessing It’s sad that it was closed but wonderful that your name is in the history books.

Asad Dillz Khan from United Kingdom on October 30, 2019:

I have never been to Disney World, but I know it's a fun place to go...

After this poem I really want to go to Disneyland... Wonderful poem and very expressive.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 30, 2019:

I am happy to hear you got to go to Disneyland. It sounds like quite the experience.

I have only had the opportunity to visit once in Florida.

Unfortunately...it was opening year when I was just a child.

It was NOT OPEN YET!!

We were given a tour and watched a video of what it would be like.

Then given the good reward if signing the vistor book as the first to be there.. so my name is listed somewhere in an old archive book. Lol.

Maybe someday I will make it back and see if my name is still lingering around anywhere.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 30, 2019:

Thank you, Shauna. That child still has plenty more dreams left. I’m glad you enjoyed my poem.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 30, 2019:

That must have been cool to go to Disneyland in Paris. I can imagine Mickey with a French accent. Thanks for your comment, Lorna.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 30, 2019:

Thank you, Lora for sharing your experience in Disneyland. If you love creativity, that’s certainly the place to see.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 30, 2019:

Thank you, Flourish. I’m glad you had the opportunity to go. I know it’s expensive but well worth the trip.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

Mark, I'm so glad you finally were able to achieve your childhood dream. Judging from this poem and the huge smile on your face, your Disney adventure brought the child out in you.

Love it!

Lorna Lamon on October 30, 2019:

Such a lovely description of the magic of that first visit to Disneyland. We took our daughters to Disneyland Paris many years ago and they still enjoy looking at the video we made of the trip. I think a little fairy dust rubs off on everyone who visits, allowing us to become children again. Your poem captures this magic perfectly.

Lora Hollings on October 29, 2019:

Wonderful poem, Mark, about Disneyland and its capacity to take us to a world that we all dream about as children. A magical world where we see characters come to life from our favorite stories, and a world where our imaginations are allowed to soar uninhibited by any restraints. A world that is magical at any age! I first went to Disneyland when I was in my thirties with my 3 year old daughter and I felt the joy and excitement just as she did. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 29, 2019:

You captured the magic of Disney. I didn’t go for the first time until I was in my mid-thirties but I felt like a kid.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 29, 2019:

You never know, John. Once you get your Nobel Prize money, you just might do it. As always, thanks for your feedback.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 29, 2019:

Those large puppets in the small world exhibit did seem magical, Marlene.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 29, 2019:

When I lived in southern California, Disneyland was a "must do" event. I have been there several times and what a wonderful place it is. That song, "It's a Small World," stays in your head for quite a few days after visiting The Small World exhibit. Your beautiful poem brought back some very good memories.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 29, 2019:

It is great that you eventually realised your dream, Mark. As a kid I always hoped to one day visit Disneyland, but living so far away in Australia I also knew that was unlikely to happen and I doubt it ever will. Wonderful poem and commentary though. Good job.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 29, 2019:

Thanks, Ruby. And it might be even better, the older we get!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 29, 2019:

I have never been to Disney World, but I know it's a fun place to go. Lucky you. Your poem proves it's never too late to follow your dreams.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on October 29, 2019:

Thank you, Genna. Disneyland is well worth it if you ever get the opportunity. It's like seeing a great rock band you loved as a teenager. Once you're there, you can't believe it.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 29, 2019:

The one place I've always wanted to visit, but never quite made it there. Part of me is a big kid at heart, so I loved this....perhaps the next best thing to "being there" in the magic. Thank you for this splendid hub.