conjuring a smile

see the sleight
of rain,
the way the clouds
abracadabra the sky
into spell
-ing her own name
in slanted syllables,
and pulled loose
by the alchemy of

the moon’s
an old crone stirring
up the stars, chanting
trembled ear.

there’s a legerdemain
to silence,
the pull
of cornered lips. the
way the
stained glass spills
herself, a disappearing
act. the fact
that only

Our dear Paul is hosting over at dVerse Poetics, where we’re conjuring up some magic. Come play! 


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17 Responses to conjuring a smile

  1. qbit says:

    “a legerdemain / to silence” is pretty great.

  2. kanzensakura says:

    I love you use of llegerdemain in this. It is onr of my favorite words which I rately get to use. This is a wonderful silling of moon magic.

  3. I LOVE “the moon’s an old crone….” Indeed she is – and she speaks to we human crones, nightly. Loved this, De.

  4. As well as the l word above, liked press
……..-toed, so clever.

  5. Glenn Buttkus says:

    No slight of hand, no smoke & mirrors–just hardcore poetics marching out astride a magical steed of words, cascading into mystery & romance; sweet stuff.

  6. So many absolute magical line(S) and breaks in this…
    abracadabra being a verb makes me wish that I had written that.

  7. Your poem dazzles with magic De and I love how the clouds ‘abracadabra the sky’ ☺💫

  8. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    so much magic whirling around here I needed to read it several times as well as look up ‘legerdemain’! Love the hesitant stops…and these lines:
    “into spell
    -ing her own name
    in slanted syllables,”

  9. kim881 says:

    Magical wordsmithery, De! I love what you’ve done with the words ‘sleight’ and ‘slanted syllables’ –
    and bravo for ‘legerdemain’ 🙂

  10. When I left the bar last night I knew there was something missing. YOU.
    I am constantly in awe of your way with words because they are always so full of soul, so playful and so very very magical. Thank You. You put a spell on me 😉

  11. annell4 says:

    This is a really beautiful poem, reminding us that each day and each night is magic!

  12. Vandana Sharma says:

    The best magician is nature, which has all of spellbound!

  13. “…clouds abracadabra the sky…”. Now that’s an exquisite line!!!

  14. merrildsmith says:

    This is magical indeed–I love your word use, the clouds abracadabra the sky and legerdemain.

  15. Fun wordplay and truly magical imagery!

  16. Mish says:

    Just love the sharp sound of this….”the
    way the
    stained glass spills

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