In the kitchen, I refine the alchemy
of avocados, salt and stir them into guacamole,
this conversion a delicious and knowable magic.
Other tricks are difficult to master –
cards that repair themselves when torn in two,
an assistant who disappears into empty space.
I prefer spells within reach – lying prone
as a masseuse resets my muscles and meridians
or sitting on a weathered chair as vapor rises
from the lawn, a spider descending
from a branch to thread a new web.
Some nights, it is as simple as static
on the radio, the hiss of disconnection
and departure, or a kiss hello after a day apart.
This is the kind of magic I know best, accepting
love, returning it. It is this string of years,
this bowl of avocados, mashed with lime
and garlic, just the way you like it.
Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress, 2013) as well as eight chapbooks, most recently The Girl (Porkbelly Press).