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Les Murray

I starred that night, I shone:
I was footwork and firework in one,
 
a rocket that wriggled up and shot
darkness with a parasol of brilliants
and a peewee descant on a flung bit;
I was blusters of glitter-bombs expanding
to mantle and aurora from a crown,
I was fouéttes, falls of blazing paint,
para-flares spot-welding cloudy heaven,
loose gold off fierce toeholds of white,
a finale red-tongued as a haka leap:
that too was a butt of all right!
 
As usual after any triumph, I was
of course, inconsolable.

Added: 25 Feb 2002 | Last Read: 21 Jan 2018 3:21 PM | Viewed: 5011 times

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