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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Dancers
By Richard Aldington
 
PALACE MUSIC HALL—(Les Sylphides)
To Nijinsky

THE LITTLE white lambs frisk
And flirt their woolen panties;
In meek and sleek sweet patterns
They group about their shepherd.
 
Hola!        5
An elegant shepherd!
 
He trips like a young princess;
He has curls like a real Madonna.
And there he goes prancing
And dancing, and entrancing        10
A little pastoral lady.
 
But perhaps he is really a Panisk,
Running through tall white flowers
After a white mademoiselle butterfly.
 
He does not do it for money        15
As they other here have done;
 
He likes to jump and feel his legs.
 
And after all I think he is a fairy prince,
And the dance means that he has lost his kingdom
But that he will marry a king’s daughter.        20
 
 
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