In the plaza, he pirouettes,
juggling, glittering mysteries.
Balls of light traditional, rings untouched.
Enlightenment, lit up orbs.
The man, a mysterious specimen.
A traveling show, a waste of time passing
confederates tucked away.
Ashen acolytes peer, anxiously, wary,
wearing a single cloth.
Appearing in an identical piece,
faces sad, mad, and fearless.
Like the acolytes, the woman
alights the stage,
The magician, credulous,
doves dart and
Goat devil prances, yellow-slitted pupils,
looking at the magic man lying like the lion.
Trickery, fakery, fraud.
Image: Magician, by Remedios Varo (Mexico, b. Spain) 1956
Published in The Ekphrastic Review, The Art of Tarot, December 2022