THE FROGMORE POETRY PRIZE 2006

  Michael Wyndham
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
 

The glitterball orbits the ballroom conjuring a flux
of nylon swing. Her calves twist, her Grable heels kick
out the fear of telegrams from the frontline.

Chicago Knights and New York Zoots strut before
the White City girl like competing matadors; she slides
down a pageant of olive and khaki.

No rations tonight baby!

Blakeys click-clack, club tie strides, a brylcream moses
parts the dancefloor, bringing down the tablets from
the judges' mountain. A tidy finger taps

the swinging shoulder of the GI -

'Strictly ballroom here, laddie'

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