card trick

RC deWinter


you accuse me
of being a magician
but that is not the case

i merely riffle the cards
to show what is possible
it involves no special skill

only the willingness to use
the legerdemain of truth
which is after all

a paste of what truly is
and the ingredients
with which you season it

you will see and taste one thing
the person next to you another
i am not the magician

the magician is you



RC deWinter’s poetry is anthologized in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2017), Uno: A Poetry Anthology (Verian Thomas, 2002), Cowboys & Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon (Brick Street Poetry, April 2019) in print in 2River View, Down in the Dirt, Genre Urban Arts, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, Pink Panther Magazine, The New York Times and in numerous online literary journals.