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This poem is taken from PN Review 273, Volume 50 Number 1, September - October 2023.

Eight Poems Miles Burrows
1. Tea Dancing in Litzi-Ruti

Young men’s poems may be forgiven.
For the old, there is really no excuse.
I said – Beryl, we don’t want any theatricals.
We stayed at the Grimpenhorn
Close to the skilift.
At Silvesterabend Mr Beilick said I should wear a hat.
And Uncle Ed
Did his impersonation of King Farouk.

I went to a Hungarian in Chester Mews
You know how some people hold on,
Practising tango in the kitchen
But it’s not the same without a partner.

2. Not Too Late

It’s not too late to go on the stage
As a butler in Australia.
I’ll refer it to the ethics committee.

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