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Al Maginnes: Source

Out of sore feet, out of roadsides sooted with dusk,

out of gravel, jeweled crumbs of shattered glass, out

 

of the wide gesture of the hand toward heaven, out of

the black trace of fire smoke over a chimney, wind shifting

 

its hips like a dancer, out of a thorn in a bird’s throat,

the body of a lark split open and baked, a coil

 

of blood coloring its bed of lettuce, out of the boundaries

of breath, come words. And out of words, spells:

 

spells for a burned tongue, for healing the soft meat

of the foot after a splinter knifes into it.

 

Spell for a night’s sleep and safe waking. Spell for

the singed wax odor of a candle pinched dark,

 

a tiny core of flame jeweling the curling wick.

There is the spell for reading, for making

 

an unruly child rest, for making medicine

take hold, for fickle love and binding discomfort

 

for a heartless swain. A spell for wind

tugging the fine top grains of soil,

 

a little wave migrating through the fence where

nails work their way out of sour wood. The spell

 

to summon a certain god or to call all the gods from

their wine presses. And out of those spells,

 

praise cries, screams, whistles carved bare as quarries

dredged empty of lime, abandoned hollowed bones.

 

And out of those spells, the rare voice that turns to singing

in service to the things we stared at until

 

we knew them and what they should be named.


 

Copyright 2018 Al Maginnes

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2 comments on “Al Maginnes: Source

  1. Benita Budd
    October 19, 2018

    So graceful and beautiful! Thanks, Al

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Arlene Weiner
    October 18, 2018

    Wonderful poem. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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