This poem was written for me by Kimberlee, my Writing Sister. I’ve read it ten times and will read it many more. She wrote it for me and about me, the first time anyone has ever written me a poem!
I’m honoured beyond words, WS. I can’t thank you enough. Kimberlee said I could share it; I wanted you all to see how gorgeous it was.
So without further ado, I present to you:
The Magician of Light and Words
In spite of a spilling helix of stars
And the rattling maraca’s of meteor-fire–
In spite of the breathlessness
Of trumpeting tiger lilies in the garden
(always the first to announce a portent,
Incapable, as they are, of secret-keeping)
The small piercing glow of a lovely new Light
Passed quite unnoticed by most.
Yet, those who received this soul auspicious
Far from nourishing, had fed mainly pains;
A family: an infrastructure
Tottering on rotten legs, twisted and cruel
Bade him: Be silent-!
Swear the oaths a child should never
Never have to carry in heart.
But that Light budding inside his soul
Wide and mysterious as a flung-open galaxy
Growing larger, brighter, higher—
And like all Cinderella’s and secret genies
The bottle that trapped him smashed-!
He’d found one day, like a treasure map
With its “X” marking booty: the world behind Worlds
The great gold beacon of books and words-!
Books: ornate skeleton keys that flipped old tumblers
Tickets, invitations where one is never turned away
But words themselves the chest beneath the X!
‘Words: worlds’! he said. ‘What a power I have!’
Indeed, invocations of arcane magicians
The scrawled names of gods, demons, angels:
One word out of place
And the spell falls to impotence–
The Latin prayer faltering upon god’s very altar.
The novel of novels made and undone.
‘Ah, you who hurt me: I leave you far, far behind
Further than Saturn’s rusty rings
Stories and magic I shall create’,
The young man smiled.
Free, at one to found that kingdom:
Our Magician, unselfish with his rising visions
Shines gem- facets of fire, inviting Light upon our Light
He is our Storyteller, our Poet, our Seer.