deadline monday 6 pm in california
analyze this poem`s characters, setting and circumstance,
more importantly, theme and imagery.
I cut the deck
and found a magician
driving a mack truck
down the California grapevine.
His eyes were glistening Japanese beetles,
and his hands were surveyors of the moon.
He pulled a carnation
out of his sleeve,
and offered me a ride.
I took the flower and said I was leaving
to be an illusionist. He said
he specialized in cards
and sleight of hand.
I touched his mouth and ears
with my lips,
“Keep on truckin,”
But he laughed and told me a bedtime story.
His body was an elm.
His mouth was filled with grapes.
His hands turned my body into new honey.
Now I am home alone,
for sawing a beautiful woman in half.
First you start with a mirror … .
Before I turn down
the crisp sheets of my bed,
I shuffle the tarot deck.
But the magician is missing.
still driving the freeways of California?
Or is he
only an illusion
in my own