Homage to Mr. Wizard
by Ben Rasnic


Velcro gripped
to the schoolyard playground
I lie sprawled

in grass-stained, knee-patched
blue denim jeans.

A crowd gathers
as prisms of sunlight

take aim thru my pocket-sized
magnifying glass

dissolving brown brittle leaves
into wisps of smoke;

my friends’ faces
like fish on a stringer,
astonished and amazed.






Copyright © 2021 by Red River Review. First Rights Reserved. All other rights revert to the authors.
No work may be reproduced or republished without the express written consent of the author.