31. Diplomacy


Gaga with their glamour
the plenipotentiaries congregate
to make a demarche.

Procession of forward a step and backward two,
imperceptible to all not in the know,
nod yes to negation, confound affirmation.

Stiff in back and upper lip, they treasure
the slack that language allows, to perform
a pirouette on points of standing.

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