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I called at the knick-knackery that’s a gay box to you

To see if the shelves bore anything new

There were cushions in velvet and teapots in green

A long silver spoon for stirring my dreams

But the item that thrilled me the most on that day

Was a beautiful girl in a clockwork ballet


She spun on a mirror and beckoned to me

A pirouette curtsy, a dance melody

And as I looked on she started to sing

And placed on my finger a telephone ring

The shop filled with bunting, the cushions puffed up

A mouse blew a trumpet, a wedding’s afoot


The alter in copper, the bishop on brass

The wedding march played on a piano in glass

The wheelbarrows cheered as we both said 'I do'

And we honeymooned sweetly on a shelf in the loo

©Joseph G Dawson


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