EXPANSIVE POETRY ONLINE
A Journal of Contemporary Arts 

 

POEM

by

SUZANNE NOGUERE
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TWIRLING AT TWELVE

  

The 45 repeats in the backyard

as it does on the charts at No. 1,

the Everly Brothers singing “Cathy’s Clown,”

a summer’s song the girl will have heard

more than any other in her life,

twirling figure eights across the lawn,

rehearsing the bond of body and baton

as the competition nears with its big what-if.

 

Now the two voices fuse, the snare drum snaps.

She flings the baton sky-high with the same

conviction and hurls herself awhirl, each limb

blurred in a cartwheel, feet down as the baton drops

into her hand and there’s just time

for a stag leap before the music stops.

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

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