(The Illusion of) Flight: (A Jade Poem)

The illusion of flight has taken
the Illusionist longer to perfect
than anything else he’s ever done
After having the design and working
out the method of the effect what
he still needed was the perfect
Assistant to make it work
To fly to actually fly
and now he had her

A male volunteer is brought up
from the audience to place his hands
along her shoulder blades then step
back and command her to Fly

Her wings grow into place and
defying gravity she rises through the
air with a graceful motion and the
most fluid of movements
Soaring over the crowd
she flies to the edge of the
balcony where she lands a mere
three feet from the front row

It’s there that hoops are passed over
her body to show there are no wires
She then prepares to leap off the balcony
to return gracefully to the stage below

And for this she needs no winged feet
She needs no winged horse
No Japanese kites to carry her

For she is
at this moment
purely and simply

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Bill McCloud is a poetry editor for the Right Hand Pointing literary journal and is the poetry reviewer for Vietnam Veterans of America. His poetry book, The Smell of the Light, reached #1 on The Oklahoman’s “Oklahoma Bestsellers List." His poems have appeared in Oklahoma Today and the Oklahoma English Journal. He is a faculty member of William Bernhardt’s annual WriterCon, presenting sessions on writing and publishing poetry.

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