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Jane Avril at the Moulin Rouge 1893

I let men believe
The rhythm of the bass
Makes me lose control
Of my feet
My legs
My hips
That I must yield to
The frantic beat
That I don’t mean to
Reveal these petticoats
But of course
It’s all a show
And men are simple
To control

This is the opening poem of Bartholomew Barker’s first poetry book,
Wednesday Night Regular. He posts weekly poetry prompts to
www.livingpoetry.net and plenty of his own poems to
www.bartbarkerpoet.com. He rarely Instagrams @bartbarkerpoet.

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