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Betty Kaplan, US and Max Verhart, NL
 

 

 

 

A Three Forked Rengay

 

Great Balls of Fire

 

I. Finger Drumming

 

finger drumming
great balls of fire
on his lunch box
/mv
   
as the mime juggles
applause from the onlookers
/bk
   
after sale chat
the jeweler's white gloves
left on the counter
/mv
   
poker faces
now who has
the best hand
/bk
   
she points at my life line
then slowly shakes her head
/mv
   
batter up!
catcher signals the pitcher
and the game begins . . .
/bk

 

 

II. Cherries Flambé

 

finger drumming
great balls of fire
on his lunch box
/mv
   
recess, a line forms . . .
waiting for chili dogs
/bk
   
shopping mall
a clown juggling four torches
and an orange
/mv
   
all-you-can-eat
Chinese smorgasbord
Szechwan hot!
/bk
   
the baker's assistant takes
the loafs out of the oven
/mv
   
a toast to the host
as she lights the brandy . . .
cherries flambé
/bk

 

 

III. Chirping Crickets

 

finger drumming
great balls of fire
on his lunch box
/mv
   
in the old photo album
dance recital in tap shoes
/bk
   
silvery morning
the distant hammering
of a woodpecker
/mv
   
hail storm
rat-a-tat-tat on
my window pane
/bk
   
the slashing rhythm
of the flag in the wind
/mv
   
awakened by
the chirping crickets
calling their mates
/bk

 

 

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