Victorian Parlour Games
We are four in the parlour
Mabel, Marian, Elsie and I.
It is March 7, 1876, evening time.
and the gaslights communicate
their realities in mobile shadowed tones.
We are as tableaux vivants as I sign;
One word, three syllables.
All fingers and thumbs.
They give me;
As I charade my life's distraction
like a dog and bone.