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Poem of the Day

from Sixpence a Day

R.F. Langley

    The sea bulges or licks.
    Cool as a lemonade.
    A gull rides with its two
    red feet, dib dab, beneath,
    doing appropriate kicks.
    So easily can the
    low sun rearrange some
    pegs, making another
    countenance with its legs.
    It switches hips, turns on
    a toe. Marram shoves its
    stems through silica and
    an unidentified
    spider starts to chew his
    gloves. Now here he is, cream
    spots of cinnamon. His
    camoflage first becomes
    his normal wardrobe, then -
    Voilà! He's ablaze with
    all his badges! Handsome
    patches double on his
    abdomen. You see the
    sense of this, compared with
    the mad quarrels in the
    mix of flints. Bunch or run,
    whatever he does is
    excellently done...
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