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Puddle

If our oars did row
with the pull of all nine
and our boat were set
in the wake of fun
would you see my blade
come through the water
would you try to hear
as the boat would run?

Bring the rating down
The box is broken
Perhaps a wire
has come undone
I don't know
Don't really care
Get your strokes long
with room to spare.

Puddle in still water
when there is no coxswain tossed
nor oar to row.

Lift up your hands
if your catch is empty
if your catch is full
may it be again
Let it be known
there is a coxswain
that does not take
any power tens.

There is a course
no simple river
between the dawn
and the dark of night
and if you row
no one may follow
That piece is for
your strokes alone.

Puddle in still water
when there is no coxswain tossed
nor oar to row

You who choose
to stroke must follow
but if you crab
you crab alone
If you should cramp
who's to save you?
I just can't wait
Until we take it home.

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