By Gwen Ma

When you think of a magician what comes to your mind?

An enigmatic old man with a grizzled beard,

who can turn a watermelon into a tiny bird?

A frivolous young man in a black suit,

who can pull a bunny out of his hat?

But this magician I know is nothing like them,

for she surprises me more than anyone.

Opening the closet,

I find loose jeans now fitting me perfectly,

Old-fashioned clothes I never wear becoming trendy,

Clothes that got dyed in the washing machine transforming back to their original colors.

And more surprises await me as I look further inside my closet.


Who made my heart flutter with a magic wand?

I see now.

She sat there on the couch,

sewing my dress with a needle in one hand,

holding up my jeans close to her glasses with careful awareness,

and washing my dyed clothes over and over again,

rubbing the dye away…

I ran toward her and locked my arms around her in a tight hug.


Thank you for being my magician.

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Gwen Ma

Gwen Ma, senior, has a passion for writing fantasy-adventure novels and poetry. In her free time, she enjoys creating artwork and shooting photographs. Gwen wants to major in Communication and Media Studies in college because she is interested in learning how media influence our lives. In summer 2018, she got a chance to be an assistant journalist at a local newspaper in Beijing, China. That special experience gave her more insight into media-related professions. Gwen believes that writing expresses her emotions and bonds her with the people around her. She likes to read ancient Chinese poetry, and one of her favorite books is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.