Playing the Magician

Beth Joselow

Orson Welles is trying to make
an elephant disappear.

All that rearranging of furniture,
deciding who gets the TV, and the children
hiding in doorways to hear what they think
the adults don't want them to know.

All of the trucks and garbage bags,
pots and pans, books, recordings
of the music
we won't listen to anymore.

The photographs split down the middle,
even the ones of the bright-eyed
wedding party in their morning coats
and taffeta dresses.

Nailholes in the walls,
bare floors, windows locked,
keys given away.

The elephant won't disappear
although Orson Welles is squinting in
concentration. "Please," he says, "please.

It ought to be easier.

 

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