always becoming, the octopus

1 August 2015

at the Fred Astaire show
his bulky head

sways in time to the dancer’s moves

The electric toe dancing novelty
is a name he’d like to steal

light fingered he admires
the pianist, his swivel stool

the way his legs float above the floor

in a choreography of desire
the octopus wants

to mimic the pianist’s coat
black sleeves sweeping the keys

music trailing behind

this should have been
a Victorian ship wreck poem.

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