Six Easy Steps
Susan H. Case

It starts with my diligent search
for the philosopher’s stone
shelved in a locked room, guarded
by a particularly tricky kobold.
Turn plastic into artifact, copper
into gold. I take
an afternoon out to capture
the energy of light
with a pointed hat, the right alchemy.
He paints my body with sun stone,
creates koans. Amulets
with halos to glow in the dark.
Helps me radiate sparkles
and everything ignites at once.