Tuesday, April 19, 2011
P is for Puff the Magic Dragon
Robyn and Puff are sprawled out on beach chairs, yards from the shore, in a land called Honah Lee.
Robyn: Yah, mon. No worries. What's with the strings and sealing wax that Jackie Paper brought you all the time?
Puff: Little Jackie and I played secret games with those things and other fancy stuff.
Robyn: Whoa, dude. That's cool. Like what?
Puff grabs another brownie, glares at it pensively, then tosses it onto the sand. I really miss that kid.
Robyn strokes Puff's spikes. Sorry, Puff. I sure am glad you'll live forever.
Puff the Magic Dragon stemmed from a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton. Lipton was a housemate of Peter Yarrow's when the two attended Cornell University. [In the original, happier version, Puff replaces Jackie with another child after Jackie stops visiting.] Peter joined Paul Stookey and Mary Travers in 1961 to form Peter, Paul and Mary. They recorded Puff in 1962. Thanks to this wonderful threesome for gifting the world with the magic dragon. Undoubtedly, he lives forever.