Sleight of Heart

Aaron English

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Sleight of heart, a parlor trick To help me undo the memory of you
It's a vanishing act, blurring fiction and fact The subtle art of tricking my heart Pretending that you were never here
I make you disappear, with a flourish, no trace, no tears Like a card up a sleeve, no more need to grieve It's as if you had never existed
But you play hard-to-forget, I haven't perfected it yet This clumsy show of letting you go I'm not fooling myself, or anyone else Sleight of heart
Poor desperate man, hear me if you can If I knew you less, I'd call this cowardice_Poor magician, you charlatan It's not the used-to-bes you fear It's the might-have-beens One hundred thousand might-have-beens
So, with a smile and an easy laugh, the magician's assistant is sawn in half I wish I knew the things that they do to put her back together at last
And free her from the pain, again and again As the blade bites, night after night And separates what was very much attached
Just a twist of the wrist, or a trick of the eye Mirrors and smoke, a lie, or a joke It's as if you had never existed
But you play hard-to-forget, I haven't perfected it yet This clumsy show of letting you go I'm not fooling myself, or anyone else Sleight of heart
When you are an old man, traveling with some old woman And you pass through what's left of this old town I challenge, I challenge you to walk past my old window and look through Some part of you would still see Some part of me in there
But for now you slip your glove (But for now I slip my glove) Into your hat and produce a mourning dove (Into my hat and produce a mourning dove) And you let it fly away

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