the cuckoo waltz

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the cuckoo waltz


two men

dancing  around

each other

their movement

smooth and fluid



where the others

feet, hands, eyes,

words, gestures,

will land

one will lead

then the other

a steady



of fool, clown,

idiot, hero

a knowing look

a fleeting glance

of shame


bemused and


joyful glee

or debilitating


fleeting shadows

cast against

white sheets

in a dark


they cry,

they laugh,

they preen

they stumble

and fall

and when

the dance

is over

they leave

by the road

they came

and a chirping

cuckoo waltz

bids them


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M.C. Newberry

Fri 11th Oct 2013 16:10

The silly dances of those two immortal motion
picture clowns are perfectly captured in these most perceptive and enjoyable words.

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Dave Bradley

Fri 11th Oct 2013 08:10

I like the way you focus on the sheer skill of what they did, when they come across as two bumbling idiotic innocents. Nice one Ian

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Steve Higgins

Thu 10th Oct 2013 21:07

They may call Chaplin a genius, but these two are the guys that make me laugh out loud! Enjoyed this, thanks Ian

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