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Kathryn Levy: Magicians

We are walking through windows,

we are playing with air. We are

heating it up, but learning

to cool it all down. We are practicing wisdom

on a ten inch screen in a bolted room,

and sending a message to God

and his heavens: we can no longer believe.

We are herding millions of other magicians

into the schoolrooms to learn to be better.

And giving them tests, and carefully

making our judgments. We are passing by

the graveyard gardens, where every year more

stones appear. But we’re inscribing the morals:

A meaningful life, a life of adventure.

We are eating our ice creams, examining our bellies,

and wearing contraptions to hide all that flesh.

We are disappearing—but oh very slowly—until one day

we are hurtling through windows: Please

hold my hand, it is all I have left.                                           

We are moments. Then we’re not.—Was that

blood on those pages? Never mind—we

are scattered.


Kathryn Levy is author of the poetry collections Losing the Moon and Reports. She was founding director of The Poetry Exchange and the New York City Ballet Poetry Project. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY.

Copyright 2018 Kathryn Levy

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Kathryn Levy

6 comments on “Kathryn Levy: Magicians

  1. Gerald Fleming
    May 24, 2018

    Wonderful poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. johnlawsonpoet
    May 23, 2018

    This reminds me of the despair I often feel as I prepare students to take their places in an economy and a society that seem to be in meltdown.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. susan hankla
    May 23, 2018

    Kathryn knows she really knows, as Marvin Gaye said, “what’s going on”.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Saleh Razzouk
    May 23, 2018

    Simple and meaningful. Words floated on continous currents and waves of thoghtful meanings.

    Liked by 1 person

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