Ichi, Ni, San, Shi

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Now you see me…erm, now you can still see me?

I passed by
three white mantises today,
who performed their
stunted dances
with awkward gaiety.

The second son,
shorter than the rest,
caught my eye
with a bow-legged curtsy
and corseted waistline.

I know it when I see it.

That impersonal
politeness
which masks
an impertinent
struggle for balance –

but, really!
It was through
no fault of his

that she was made
the Titillator
in this manner –

© Zelda Reville

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