David Ly


He never believed
in his magic
being particularly 

             until the rat trap
       caught four fat ones
                       then a tiny

That’s why
you shouldn’t
set your spells
and forget about them

                      he was told
                  over and over
               he saw feathers
                     on concrete

whenever he closed
his eyes—
wanting to keep them
out of mind

               but more come
                       flying back
        looking for the trap
                hexed to fulfill

his hope of catching
something warm
to hold, so still 
he sets spells

                  fully knowing
                      they return
      in unexpected forms.
He doesn’t mind

all the feathers
all the red concrete


David Ly is the author of Mythical Man (shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Poetry Award) and Dream of Me as Water (2022, Fall), both published under the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press. David’s poems have appeared in PRISM international, The Puritan, Arc Poetry Magazine, Best Canadian Poetry 2021, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on his first novel. [provided for the Mythical Man]

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