the magician's careful hands

by Steven Kenworthy

sometimes i imagine
a magician
in outerspace

complete with rocket-puffed marshmallow suit,
coat tails, mischievious grin
& bow tie.

sometimes i imagine him
schoolboy restless with a paul bunyan fix.
bored senseless of showing the same eleven tricks
to the same seven constellations,
he pulls a texas-sized saw from his vacuum sealed sleeve,
only to fashion the dippers a pair of pretty ladies
in prom dresses -
cutting them down from satin soup ladles for the sick stars -
into giant measuring cups, to be used for
great bake sales

to benefit the cancer patients
we love most.


Author's Note: for a dear friend,

Posted on 09/26/2011
Copyright © 2020 Steven Kenworthy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alison McKenzie on 09/26/11 at 07:33 PM

You paint such amazing images with the alphabet. I don't understand about cancer and who gets it, but I love that you love your friend so much that part of it got expressed right here. I'll add him to my daily prayers (which is an alarmingly longer and longer list of folks suffering from illnesses - mostly cancer).

Posted by Frankie Sanchez on 09/27/11 at 06:39 AM

This is all kinds of brilliant. And it's touching. I admire this greatly. For its purpose, its brevity and its beauty. bravo. "showing the same eleven tricks to the same seven constellations,"

Posted by Laurie Blum on 09/27/11 at 03:39 PM

I love the eccentric romanticism that always infuses your writing. It makes your poems so deeply thoughtful and poignant.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/03/11 at 10:10 PM

A magician would come in handy for just such friends. Nice wonderland ditty here. Thank you.

Posted by Shannon McEwen on 10/09/11 at 05:23 AM

I love the imagery of this, I've missed reading your work.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 10/09/11 at 04:22 PM

...wonderful. What clear imagery!

Posted by Lori Blair on 10/12/11 at 12:25 AM

rocket-puffed marshmallow suit..how I totally loved that...missed your work absolutely!!!

Posted by Erik Jensen on 10/13/11 at 03:13 AM

I don't usually like to compare modern poets to famous poets because the style and convention may be similar but is usually distinct. I can't help but notice how similar this is to ee cummings in style but still beautifully distinct. While I enjoy the imagery, I think the most impressive thing is the pacing. Your use of line length, breaks and punctuation is excellent and keeps my attention very well. I can clearly hear this would be read out loud and the intonation in the voice of the speaker on different lines. Overall, this is a great read.

Posted by Frankie Sanchez on 10/13/11 at 03:57 PM

I love watching this poem continue to resurface. It deserves so much attention.

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