The Magician

© Copyright 2011 by Joel R. Hall – All Rights Reserved

Wrapped in a cloak of illusion,
The Magician takes the stage.
Smiling, always smiling,
She bows at them and waves.
The only thing she shows them
Is exactly what she wants them to see.
She speaks as if she knows them
And makes them want to believe.
Her slight of hand is brilliant.
None other can compare.
At her command we are entranced
As she vanishes in thin air.

She has devices beyond count
And promises up her sleeve.
So we mere mortals stand amazed
Until it’s time to leave…
Or be left wondering
What was that?
Was someone else just here?
But no amount of mental effort
Can seem to make things clear.

Oh yes, she’s the magician.
Illusion is her game.
She’ll tell you anything you want
But never her true name.
And if she ever starts to think
That you are on to her,
She’ll wrap herself
Tight in her cloak,
She’ll spin and weave
Amidst the smoke,
And in a flash,
A brilliant flash,
She’ll change before your eyes
Into another character.
She’s a master of disguise.

The only thing you’ll never see,
No matter how you try,
Is the person underneath that cloak.
She’d really rather die.


© Copyright 2011 by Joel R. Hall – All Rights Reserved


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2 Responses to The Magician

  1. Pat Cegan says:

    Fun poem, Joel, and well constructed. I always loved magic tricks and magicians. However, I know some people who use trickery and would also rather die than let you see who they really are.

    Shape changers in old tales were also something that fascinated me…still does except, now I believe that they can exist for dark purposes. We must be very discerning these days. Good write. Hugs, pat

  2. Jingle says:

    well done,

    I expect you to take the award image and nominate the poet in your post.

    been out of town for 36 hours, checked my email, sorry for responding late.

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