Magician’s religion

in this universe
infinite imagining
was there a beginning
where once it did start
waving a wand
sleight of hand by the smart?

Does anything here
does love by itself
come from magic
or money
with sex
from the shelf?
If the sun and the seas
we never made
what invoices show
that we for life paid?

Foreboding
forgiving
for happiness waiting
prayers and magic spells
cash registered wedding bells
reluctantly ringing
salvaging sorrow
fed by the dead
to the living
tomorrow.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..