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Eric Satie Pauses Composing Gymnopedies#1

by James Walton (follow)
A masquerading umbrella shambles
to the jetty in winterís street
stretched out the carriages pass over
bending the puddles
holding the tripped souls
the torn pockets of faces
as inkersí absinthian dye
presses them down

Mouthing the words wanting to sing
with voice of pathos and honey
fallow in a melody this season favours
my friends donít know
why the pain between us
has such beauty as well
where the darraigne has refrains
to orchards in coppice

The coffee grounds of midnight
were arguments we had to have
about lapsed words and brushes
the piano strokes so quiet
dawn turns on with the new clef of light
to the background of discarded suits
in the challenge of why
we are here at all

Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec 'At the Moulin Rouge' courtesy Art Institute of Chicago
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