Daily Poem 24: The Magician

The Magician

 

Equipment’s ready: burner on,

Test tubes out, chemicals prepared;

My elements are marching pawns

To help me order chaos—dare

Frame a creation in strict lines

Looking unreal as clouds can be

Because the details are too fine:

They’re fallen drops of mercury

Exploding on the classroom floor

Vanished somewhere—to limbo streams

Of non-existent waiting or

To strands of web, forgotten meme.

The beasts—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—

Bellow fire, water, earth, and air

To fuel my furnace for divine

Blows from Mjöllnir.  With Thor’s brawn

My brain expands but does not tear

As new forms merge from old decline.

The Ravens watch—from Odin’s Tree—

The Coin turn Cup and Wand turn Sword,

While I, Magician, hiss to seem

To speak, and smile my work to see:

Another room, another door

To build a Palace in your dreams.

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I'm a published Canadian poet and fiction writer, posting haiku daily @writelightning on most social media sites. Please like and comment so that I know you're reading. It means a lot to me! View all posts by writewithlightning

3 responses to “Daily Poem 24: The Magician

  • Penelope

    Horray for chaos and transmutation into forms. 🙂 And impressive rhyme scheme!!

  • Amanda

    I love the line “While I, Magician, hiss to seem/ To speak, and smile my work to see.” I also like the novelty of the scientific imagery which isn’t as common as the mythological references in your work.

  • 105

    i’m more intrigued by the contrasting images of divination and alchemy. divination predicts future events, and alchemy seeks to manipulate the natural order. it’s evident in the line “To help me order chaos—dare”, the desire to make order of nature’s elusive secrets.

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