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Some Magic by Donna Vorreyer

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).

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