Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Distractions

The magic is in the distractions.
Show the swan and sleeve the sparrow.
Pluck an arrow out of the trembling air.
Hold high a beating heart.

Take a bow for the front row bohemians.
Blow a kiss to the critics backstage.
Art is a prop,
props are the art,
and all the world's a cage.

55 words for Kerry at Real Toads

23 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love it!! No one says/writes it better, MZ, and you always manage to make my day!!! Hope your weekend is going well!!

Fireblossom said...

No. You're wrong. There *is* real magic.

Sioux said...

I love the play on words ("all the world's a cage") and the internal rhyme.

When does your NEXT book come out? (Shay, that goes for you, too.)

manicddaily said...

This has wonderful sound, MZ, and a great beating heart seems to resound behind it. Thanks. k .

Susan said...

Theatre magic and a magician's success both depend on distractions and bling, but I agree that the magic ends where the cage begins. Clever. Fun.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Fabulous! I did not want all the rich imagery and satirical wit to come to an end.

Björn Rudberg said...

The sleight of hand of that magician will fool us all.. I think I have heard politicians having a slight sleight of deceptions..

hedgewitch said...

Sleight of hand, the master magician's inscrutable face, the bitter twist at the end--this is dark, rich and edgy writing, MZ--an entire short story in 55.

Magaly Guerrero said...

"Pluck an arrow out of the trembling air.
Hold high a beating heart."

My senses just jumped and shook themselves after reading those two lines. I do like my red with dark in it...

Marina Sofia said...

Two lines in particular stayed with me: 'Show the swan and sleeve the sparrow'
and
'all the world's a cage'
Just so startling, unexpected, made me do a double turn!

Claudia said...

...all the world's a cage.. and we are merely... ha... whatever... and there def. is magic in the distractions

Jazzbumpa said...

this is spectacular

cheers
jzb

Other Mary said...

Brilliant! I've no idea how you keep from cutting yourself on that razor wit.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

Clever description of magic.

Brian Miller said...

its all sleight of hand,
there is always a trick...
and all it does is distract us
from the bars...

Jim said...

I like the "front row bohemians," Mom.
One time I was sitting in the second row at a cruise ship magic show. The magician asked me to come help him.

He did a card trick using huge sized playing cards. He did magic with the cards that hat amazed me and the audience. Then he put his sword through my neck and throat, starting from my front.
...

Lydia said...

Oh, wow, your poetry shines more brilliantly with each passing year. I must share with my cousin's son, a New York actor, who, among other roles, this year has ongoing roles in House of Cards and The Americans. Actors just blow me away, and your poem --especially that last line-- blew me away, too!

Marian said...

Sleeve the sparrow. It would be magic if that happened!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh my GODDESS! This is a spectacular write. Especially love "show the swan and sleeve the sparrow."

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh the world is a cage..we are trapped spectacles. Great poem!

Kenn Merchant said...

While I don't believe that the world is entirely a cage, but if it is, it is a pretty big cage. I'd be happy to be protected in this cage without any outside interference.

grapeling said...

brilliant, MZ, and what a close ~

Suburban Spinach said...

Oh, wow. This is fantastic.

It's almost like you're saying poetry is a show, and even that is its own cage. "Art is a prop." And yet, it is both the distraction (distracting your readers from what you're really conveying) and it is what props you up (supports you, keeps you from falling over). You want to show yourself to everyone, to tell all. But at the same time, you don't ever want anyone to see you; you want to completely hide yourself. But either way, you're a bird and poetry is your cage ... even its open door, which you never, never use.