A “Magic and Chemistry” Poem and Two Limericks

I was recently reading an article on computer dating and it was about what people are looking for. There are many things – security, friendship, companionship, acceptance, a soul mate and other similar things. But the article said the number one thing that people are looking for in their profiles is CHEMISTRY.

They are looking for something intangible and hard to describe yet unquestionably real. It is powerful stuff and it can easily defeat common sense and good judgment. It can make talking difficult and can make thinking just about impossible. Sometimes they call it Magic.

Many years ago, I wrote a poem about Magic. I wasn’t trying to write an artistic romantic love poem. I was trying to seduce someone. I sat down and got to doing my thing and what I came away with was a real poem. I looked at it and said to myself, “this is pretty good stuff.” Before I sent to anyone, I let it sit for a few hours to see if I still wanted to send something like that out for the intended purpose. This poem had potential emotional fallout attached to it. I put it away.  I would read it to my first late wife at our wedding dinner and I read it at her funeral. There was no denying that we had it.


A little something in which I would like to believe,
Despite being the fine art of how to deceive;
Incantations say that “Love Is Grand,”
But hearts can be broken by slight of hand.
Is Magic nothing more than a contrived illusion?
I’d prefer to embrace the illogical conclusion
That there is Magic in human attraction –
How it ignites such a powerful yet natural reaction
That overwhelms and enslaves the body and mind
To pursue something you thought you may never find.
And, I believe that the moment her eyes met mine,
We found that Magic is something that is Truly Divine.

I found it one more time with my second late wife. And it was much different. My first late wife and I were very much alike and my second late wife and I were opposites. But there was something about how she made me feel that made me want to be the very best me I could be for her – that is Magic and Chemistry at its best. I am sure I will recognize it if it ever comes my way again. (Note – it has, and I did!)

I was thinking about Magic and the subtle difference between Magic and Chemistry when the first limerick popped in my head. I had already written the second limerick. The two came together just like H2 & O – Chemistry!

You settle on things that to you are a must,
And there’s that pesky little matter of trust.
But if you’re looking to see
Magic and Chemistry…..
Could it be as simple as “like” plus “lust”?

Mother Nature will have her say,
And Human Nature will get its way.
Love’s Magic spell
Is truly au naturale…
And Chemistry is Nature at play.