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Escape to Clockwork Music

They dance in twos, threes and fours

in lines, but he liked best the couplets


who stepped dainty, skirts lifted, keeping time

to clockwork music, then moving figure-eight apart


and together, by virtue of their conjoined brevity

minuets, gigs, barcaroles, sometimes pausing briefly


between numbers to munch cucumber sandwiches

sip champagne and gossip quick delightfuls


then return for a perfect quadrille

touching fingertips, peas in a pod, frozen, smiling


entangled in tempestuous relationship with himself

the artist sometimes wished he were a frozen pair of peas

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