Turning Inspiration into Words:
Hearts of Magic

When Terrell Myles wrote “Hearts of Magic,” he had everyone in mind. Literally, everyone. The 21-year-old lyricist, poet and Walmart associate penned a timely piece that makes social distancing feel not so distant after all. It’s a poem that offers inspiration during the trying times everyone has encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“My poem was all about, instead of it being us talking about how terrible this is and how our lives are terribly affected, I wanted to shift gears and talk about how our lives were great and are going to be great in the future,” Terrell said.

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Terrell is an associate at Store 3751 in San Tan Valley, Arizona. He started there at age 19, his first job ever. 

 

“The ability to be able to serve my community and serve the communities around me through Walmart is one of my favorite things about working there,” Terrell said. 

 

His passion for writing is fueled by his love for music, despite hearing loss. Terrell is deaf in his right ear. His hearing loss has allowed him to experience music in unique ways without feeling like he’s missing out on anything.

“I can still feel vibrations in my right ear, and music is the only thing that kicks it off,” Terrell said. “So, every time I listen to music, music is like what makes me complete, in a way.”

 

Recently, Terrell says the spirit of his fellow associates inspired him to write the poem, “Hearts of Magic,” and the more he wrote, the more he wanted to ensure all types of people were included. Usually, writing lyrics or poems comes naturally and quickly to Terrell, but this one needed a little more time. 

 

“It took me about 15 minutes to get the skeleton of it,” Terrell said. He hoped the words would evolve into a message that would not leave anyone out. He used that as motivation when he put pen to paper.

“I wanted it to be something that no matter where you were in the world, no matter where you worked, no matter what your situation was – you could feel what I was saying,” Terrell said.

 

In a new video, Terrell spits out the verses in about one minute’s time. It runs through rhymes such as “I send this message to men, women and children. / This world is our home, / so we should all care for the building” and “Together, I know that we have a fighting chance; / socially distant, but mentally, we’re holding hands.” 

  

Terrell hopes his new poem touches anyone who will take the time to listen to it, especially his fellow associates who continue to be the spark in every community they serve. Their hearts are the ones he wrote about. 

“I’m one associate of many, but all of us work hard every day to make a difference in the world. They really do have hearts filled with magic.”  - Terrell Myles, Department Manager


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