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Dane R. Gordon

Magic Light

To view or order Dane’s other FootHills books click on the following links:

The Wound of Faith

The Logic of Death

St. Petersburg Poems


From the book:

Magic Light


When I was a
child
my mother tucked me
in at bed time,
stirred the fire,
kissed me, said
“Good night,”
and left.

But I was not
alone.

The flames in the
fireplace
filled my room
with magic light.
As they leapt
up the chimney
the shadows of the
dresser, the clock
on the mantelpiece,
and the toys at the
end of my bed
leapt with them.

They swooped across
the ceiling and jumped
from wall to wall.

When a new flame
spurted from the fire
the warm black shapes
went wild for a moment
until they settled,
and the fire subsided,
and the shadows moved
slowly, slowly,
as if they were
tired,
and my eyes closed,
and I fell asleep.


Born in London, England, Dane Gordon served in the Royal Navy during World War II.  He has degrees in history, theology, and philosophy from Cambridge and London Universities,  England and from the University of Rochester, USA.  He is an emeritus professor of philosophy from Rochester Institute of Technology, a retired Presbyterian minister, and a poet.  


Magic Light

is a 68 page hand-stitched paperbook with spine.   $15.00


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