Issue 13 - Ali Pardoe - Figure of a Dancer

Frozen in sculpted obedience:

exuberant sweep and sway

preserved forever in earthenware,

sleeves accompanying movement

as she accompanies her master to the next world.

Reed like, she describes an elegant S for sovereignty; 

even in the afterlife the King of Chu shall not know boredom-

a visitor beneath his standing.

Despite the scrapes and knocks of four thousand years

her performance remains smooth,

danced to instruments we no longer hear,

energy lingering beyond the tomb.

 

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