Wrestling with Magic – Nicholas Yandell

1. An Inquiry

Is magic
The physical manifestation of imagination?
 
The power to plunge into fantasies
And never have to leave?
 
Make life more like dreams
Or bouts of creativity?
 
Freeing the luster of stories
From material possibilities?
 
Taking reality
In whatever direction
We might see it go.
 
Is it something we see?
Something we do?
Something we feel?
 
Some mystical force
Interacting concretely
Molding impossible unknowns
Into the tangible and relevant?
 
Do we really have to know
What magic is
To bask in its benefits?
 
Or is it best experienced
By those who acknowledge
That the power of magic
May lie in its mystery?
2. An Encounter
  
When I’ve encountered magic
It’s never some display
Of sparks
Or smoke
Or dust
Or flame.
 
It’s just a stretching
Of my understanding
Of what reality
Actually is.
 
It doesn’t have to be
A drastic departure.
 
Just a hair outside
The realm of possibility.
 
A happening
That can’t be
Explained away
Successfully.
 
Leaving one exposed
To the mist
Of the irrational
Watering
The spinning seeds
Taking root
In the cracks
Of an existential foundation.
3. A Journey into the Void
  
I’m unwilling to fully embrace reality.
 
I won’t acknowledge
Solely what my senses register.
 
From outside possibilities
In art and creativity
And dreams
Dragging me
To places I’ve never known
Through open doors
To rooms
Denying rationality
And restoring
The wonders of belief.
 
I can’t embrace
A limited view
Any longer.
 
Abandoning unknowns
Just isn’t feasible
When my ambition
Is so much more defined
Than any explanation of actuality.
 
If there’s magic in the void
I want to find it.
 
So go ahead
Just leave me:
 
Clinging to fantasies
 
Living enchanted possibilities
 
And straddling the edge of imagination
 
I’m happiest here.


Nicholas Yandell is a composer, who sometimes creates with words instead of sound. In those cases, he usually ends up with fiction and occasionally poetry. He also paints and draws, and often all these activities become combined, because they’re really not all that different from each other, and it’s all just art right?

When not working on creative projects, Nick works as a bookseller at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, where he enjoys being surrounded by a wealth of knowledge, as well as working and interacting with creatively stimulating people. He has a website where he displays his creations; it’s nicholasyandell.com. Check it out!

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