|image: Lee Friedlander, 1966 (used for Magpie Tales #96)|
Santa Claus is for real, like Pharcellus wrote,
(from 1897's New York's Sun, I quote)
"there is a veil covering the unseen world"...
"only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance
can push aside that curtain"
and offer a glance of
"supernal beauty and glory beyond"
Seek not I, such evidence,
"real and abiding"
to give life relevance and resonance,
for affected not I
"by the skepticism of a skeptical age"
I fill my days aspiring
to keep alive my hope,
if not with intelligence
then with simplicity of a childlike heart
Spied, I have, many a clue
that Santa's alive and real,
unseen by most, a transparent veil
casting shadows at times
"make(ing) glad the heart of childhood"
Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, December 18, 2011
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I KNOW I have said this before, but this Magpie Tales #96 was the hardest prompt I have EVER been challenged with as this photo did not initially inspire me at all! But I stuck with it and gave it a whirl. I'm not sure if I succeeded with what I set out to do... But anyway, thanks Tess!
Here is a link to the actual newspaper clipping by newsman Francis Pharcellus.