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The Pen is a Magic Wand
words and music by Lady Isadora, from Priestess of the Pentacle
©1990, 2010, Dance of Life Productions (ASCAP)
In some garret sits a scribbler
She is burning the midnight oil
Shes got stacks and stacks of bills to pay
Shes got to keep that pot a-boil
But she is smiling as shes scribbling
Theres a fire that lights her eye
Shes engaged in her sacred office
Publish or perish! is her cry
By day shes on a timecard
And she works in a library*
Shes got books to the right and left of her
Just as far as the eye can see
She just cant keep away!
As I child I was fascinated
By all this written wizardry
Meanwhile I read every Little Witch Girl book
I could find in the library
Later on I kept good company
With Jo March and Nancy Drew
Anne of Green Gables and Scarlett OHara
And Jane Eyre to name a motley few
And I vowed some day Id rival them
With the stories Id write myself
So I left a few empty spaces
For my own on my bookshelf
On my bookshelf
So heres to you dear Brontë sisters
Goddess bless you, Louisa May
What would you make of these bodice-ripper plots
The gals are churning out today?
Oh well! The dance of pen on paper
Is a magical dance indeed
And to see ones name in print at last
Brings on religious ecstacy
To keep a reader turning pages
Is like casting a good spell
But whether masterpiece or potboiler
You know sometimes its hard to tell
But tonight Ill work some magic
With the potion in my inkstand
Tonight Ill light a sacred candle
At the altar of St. George Sand**
The pen is a magic wand!
* A former day-job of Isadoras
** Pen name of Baronesse Dudevant, née Aurore Dupin, 19th-century French novelist infamous for smoking cigars and wearing mens clothing when it suited her; for her passionate, feministic books, letters, and plays; and for her numerous romantic liaisons and/or friendships with Chopin, Liszt, Musset, Delacroix, Flaubert, and other artistic luminaries of the day.
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St. George Sand
by Eugene Delacroix
Isadoras favorite girlhood book, by
Invincible Louisa, the real Jo March.
If a Jewish girl can be a patron saint to a Witch,
Anne Frank (may she rest in peace and reincarnate
in glory) is just that to Isadora.
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