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Slow Me Down, Tasmanian Devil by K.M. McFarland

In by New Author on August 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Spin left,
see the barman slide
tumblers to empty hands
eager for courage.

Boats rock east,
back to the west,
spiraling with the wind of the sails
in soft circlets, dragging canvas
wide around masts

for the harbor urchins on the
bar docks to leer.

Spin right,
find eyes that meet
on a perfect level,
twirl and meet for a breath
but find a way to whisper

with pupils to tack starboard,
raise and lower anchors in deft
syncopation, only for the winds
in his hands to change at any
instant and guide back to
the safety of a dock.


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