A Rope Trick by David Cooke. Based on the history of the famous Indian Rope Trick

A Rope Trick by David Cooke. Based on the history of the famous Indian Rope Trick

Poetry. A Rope Trick by David Cooke. Based on the history of the famous Indian Rope Trick. Enjoy your weekend, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you.


Levitation. Photo attribution Muu-karhu


Logging the evidence from travellers’ tales,

we learn to live with rumours,

never knowing for sure

how far opinion takes us, or whether

a miracle is what it seems

and not an honest deception.


Staring into the grain of photos

in a book that has weight

and a feel of its own, you see

how the boy is balancing

for the price of a meal

where the rope and the sky

are one.  There are fields

and villages all around him

whose dialects shift

imperceptibly, and mountains

blurred in shimmering heat.


Look long enough you could almost

be him. If he closes his eyes

he will have two choices.

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David Cooke is a UK poet who won a Gregory Award in 1977 and published his first collection, Brueghel’s Dancers in 1984. His retrospective collection, In the Distance, was published in 2011 by Night Publishing and a collection of more recent pieces, Work Horses, was published published in 2012 by Ward Wood Publishing. His poems, translations and reviews have appeared in journals around the world.

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