Standing in winter’s doorway
the Magician
does the same trick
over and over—-
he shakes an empty hand. . .

The Jack of Hearts recites
a sonnet without moving his lips

The deaf hang upside down
and ring like bells

A butterfly turns
darkness into a rainbow

Colored scarves dance
in a halo around the moon

A woman’s belly swells
with the song of a child. . .

he shakes the empty hand
he shakes the empty hand