The Meaning Of Magic {ReduX}

The Reverend had such a fun time on Friday performing this shaggiest of shaggy-dog tales

at the Fabulous Solidarity Kulture Club in Ipswich (

that we’re putting it up for this weeks Sunday Sermon.

Enjoy, students of the Occult,

as the Reverend reveals all!



We were at this party

in one of those towering, modern apartment blocks,

when this girl told me

she’d tell me

the Meaning of Magic.

Just then,

Someone started shouting,

Quick! Come and see! U.F.O.’s!”

so everyone ran to the windows..

to look.


Sure enough, there they were!

Half a dozen flying saucers shimmering

and swooping and looping in the sky above,

illuminated from below

by the city lights.

It was an awesome sight.


needless to say,

elsewhere military officials frowned

upon this

violation of the sovereignty

of our national airspace”,

and the next thing you know

missiles with American flags on them

were skipping and scudding their way towards us

from somewhere over the horizon.

One of the missiles

hit the base of the building

and it started to totter and tilt

with a terrible groaning of mangling metal

and crepitating concrete.

Breathlessly I braced myself

against the window frame

so I wouldn’t fall out,

and watched as the land leant inexorably ever closer,


that the building wouldn’t totally topple over.

I found myself thinking many thoughts

in those moments. I wondered

if I might somehow survive,

by one of those billion-to-one chances

you read about.

You know,

cradled in a cocoon

of twisted pipes and girders,

to be dug up by dogs days later

and amaze rescue workers.

Also I wondered; how much

is this going to hurt?


And finally,

as the scene faded slowly to black,

I suddenly sadly realised

that I never did get to learn

the Meaning

of Magic.




The Reverend Hellfire is a practised Performance Poet,

President of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc.,

and an ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanism

AND the Church of the Universe.

He’s over-qualified for this gig, frankly.



~ by reverendhellfire on May 6, 2018.

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