July/Aug 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 4 Poetry |

Exercises in Fireworks

On a dark night a single conch blows parti-colored songs Fish from another sea crisscross a branch of coral A blond enchantress emerges from an ancient bottle shaking a magical mirror A mischievous sprite tosses around blessed pieces of glass At night countless thorns entice countless thorn birds to cry out until they bleed An angel astray encircles a make-believe tree, burning its fallen petals The goddess of fate flings away her tarot cards, sweeping off to an appointment The wheel of life reincarnates and generates generations of miracles An eternal crystal ball cannot bear its eternal chastity and explodes all at once A classic oil-paper parasol protects against endless, romantic shooting stars That’s the mad dance of the golden snake outshining a bright mirror That’s the river-flipping water dragon gushing blood on a cliff That’s the blood-sweating horse from heaven chasing stars in the desert That’s a gathering of heroic warriors striking each other’s pa

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By Paisley Rekdal

On a dark night a single conch blows parti-colored songs Fish from another sea crisscross a branch of coral A blond enchantress emerges from an ancient bottle shaking a magical […]

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