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I starred that night, I shone:
I was footwork and firework in one,

A rocket that wriggled up and shot
Darkness with a parasol of brilliants
And a peewee descant on a flung bit;
I was blusters of glitter-bombs expanding
To mantle and aurora from a crown,
I was fou├ęttes, falls of blazing paint,
Para-flares spot-welding cloudy heaven,
Loose gold off fierce toeholds of white,
A finale red-tongued as a haka leap:
That too was a butt of all right!

As usual after any triumph, I was
Of course, inconsolable.


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Poem Performance - Les Murray