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mandolin

 

those who give serenades
and their fair audience
exchange tame words
under singing branches
Tircis and Aminta
and everloving Clitandra
and Damis who for many a
cruel one writes tender verse
their short silk coats
their trailing skirts
their elegance and joy
and soft blue shadows
swirl in the bliss
of a grayish-pink moon
and the mandolin sings
amid the shivery breeze

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