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I wanted this toy;
a toy I could never have.
This toy was the woods
and the log cabin in the woods
and the view of the mountains
and the view of the lake
and the presence of the people
and the charisma of the leader
and the warmth of his wife
I wanted this toy forever and ever
Yet all I could do
was buy a ticket
wait my turn un the line to
express my fervent need for this toy
and be on my way.
I had the money to buy this toy!
But the magic leader said:
"magic moments are not for sale."

Irwin R. Shaw - December 28th