Mason Wray

Humdrum

The neighbor’s kid shows me

a stained feather from the alley

 

as if it’s stained glass

or fletching from an arrow

 

that ends a mythic despot’s rule.

I pretend at wonder with him, quietly

 

perturbed how practical

my magic has become. Consider how

 

in Canada, a crew of postal clerks

syphoned helium from a zeppelin

 

to a greenhouse & flew

the whole glass cavern like a cloud.

 

Dormant seeds bloomed

into novel native flora,

 

an ethereal museum

over their little alpine town.

 

I mean to say how useless it is

I can sit & make that up

 

then tell a kid I love

put that down.

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Mason Wray is a poet from Atlanta, Georgia. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, New Ohio Review and New Letters, among others. He's the recipient of support from Bread Loaf, and holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Mississippi.

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