Novelty Race

by Peter Wallis


   Three-legged,
most kids rollick along,
   like good-natured argument.

Naturally, the twins get it right
and stride off in time

   like a well-made dovetail
joint,
   a catamaran, or scull.

They pulse out in front,
         pulse to the Finish line –

laugh as they double
or halve

their one sporting moment
in a half-sporting triumph.