Marlene van Niekerk

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it's a honky tonk that illumines the night
it's the keyboard of a honky tonk
down at the feet of things
at the feet of the lampposts
at the acrid feet of the olive trees
it's a metronome
at the sweeter feet of the lemongrove
at the vlei's little slippers of water
down at the bottom of the reeds
where the lilies lilt on stilettos
it's a rickety old honky tonk
maybe a loom
the spool and the shuttle
of a cranky old loom
or a smithy's tinker and tilt
down in the sump of the night
or a sowing machine with a tapping heel
that jig-jigs yonder in the ...

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