Smoke And Magic – Lynn White

I remember the children’s party.

There was a magician.

I had never seen a magician before.

I’d heard they could pull a rabbit from a hat.

Or saw a woman in half 

and put her back

together again


This magician had a hat.

But it stayed empty.

He did tricks with cards

like my uncle Percy,

but not as good.

Then he waved a stick called a wand

and a puff of blue smoke came out,

like magic.

And hidden in the smoke were flowers,

real flowers

showing through a gap in the smoke.

Since then

I have discovered

that there is usually a gap in the smoke

where the light shines through,

like magic.




First published in Visual Verse, January 2018

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined.  Find Lynn at: and

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