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Dad's Dancing Shoes
larrylark

In your walnut wardrobe
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those old dancing shoes
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velvet bow ties
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lie among mothballs
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Was I wise to all the ways of your world?
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Thinking on your words,
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“We carried you through those years.
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Mother knew nothing but pain and tears.”
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A cloud of moths spread
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from barely held together threads.
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I felt in pocket, note unread.
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“She’s staying round her sister’s place.
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I’ll leave the key beneath the bin.
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No perfume, she’ll smell a trace,
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see the rat run on my face.”
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You at the dance club ‘62,
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stumbled among non- threatening fools .
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Military two step, Valletta, Waltz
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Your feet seemed absent , perhaps through default.
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She whispered I love you, stay true.
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Your mind elsewhere on someone new,
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never heard a word.
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14 Oct 17


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