Upon Seeing Shen Yun

By Evan Mantyk

How they fly now through the air
With such poise and splendid flair
With a grace and force unique
As if fueled by pure mystique!
What’s the tale that they unfold
Costumed bright and bravely bold
Backdrops grand of landscapes vast
From what milieu was this cast?

When I leave the brilliant show,
I can feel a soft light glows,
Lifts my feet each step I go,
Carries me upon its flow.

What lifts them up lifts me now;
Art is real, I don’t know how.


Evan Mantyk is President of the Society of Classical Poets and teaches history and literature in New York.

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