Niall M. Oliver

Niall M. Oliver lives in Ireland with his wife and two boys. His poems have most recently featured in Burning House Press, The Lake Poetry (UK) and Visual Verse. He tweets at @NiallMOliverPoetry.

Magic at the Morning Market

He appears to choose randomly,
my dad, reaching into the basket
with his finger and thumb

to reveal a single red apple.
Placing it on his open palm,
he holds it out for us to look

as if a crystal ball
that any second might levitate.
Sweet as a bell in a wood,

he says, before tossing
for the grocer to catch,
and through the air, it sparkles.

© 2019 Niall M. Oliver