by prestidigitation and clever tricks.
Three times he had been recalled
to the proscenium to great applause
acknowledged by him with magnanimity
but in the crowd there were also those
who saw him as the deluded emperor
who was sure he wore invisible clothes.
He offered the people renewed hope
by showing them how to reconnect
two broken strands of a severed rope.
Then all of a sudden the magic wore off;
as the audience grew more disenchanted
there were loud whisperings and cough.
The very same followers he had wooed
pilloried him for exercising deceit
and so the great magician was booed.
He looked for a rabbit in his top hat,
or a dove, but nothing could be found,
knew he’d lost his touch and that was that.
© Luigi Pagano 2013
Silvio Berluscony, ex-prime minister
Luigi Pagano is a contributor to Poetry24 and other websites.
His poetry collections have appeared in print as well as e-books.