Follow the Fleet (1936)

Follow the Fleet (1936) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance in this homage to the U. S. Navy, singing music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Lucille Ball and Betty Grable appear in supporting roles, in an Art Deco set designed by Carrol Clark. “Id Rather Lead a Band” showcases Astaire’s theatrical ability to tap off and around the beat. “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” culminates the Rogers-Astaire plot in one spectacular routine.

From room to room I go

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Do not bend or I’ll never get up

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Do not kneel not even for grace

From room to room

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What was I looking for

Some thread

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Loosened from the fabric

Way to search your room key

Of the will 

Picking at crumbs

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Rubble in the rug

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Too hard to vacuum

Too hard to stand and iron

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Or bake a meatloaf in the oven

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Or chocolate chip cookies

How to roam from room to room

ME (part 1): The Old Me

How to shift

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The weight foot to foot

On crutches how to balance

How to pay someone to clean the gutters

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Or unscrew a light bulb


Without a ladder or a neighbor

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How to read a chapter without falling asleep

Or forgetting what day of the week

What month it is and calling

In a panic

I came in here for a reason I forget

It takes too much out of me

I do it in stages

Knead the dough then take a nap

Slowly so as not to splatter the orange juice

Slowly so as not to upset the hornet’s nest

Drift in the buzz of a room full of monologues

 "Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”– Angela Monet

Identity rippling out from the lily pond

Wishing to be becoming all the time

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Never identified — a stalk


Bundled up in multiple pullovers

There’s no end to feeling cold

No longer hard to play deaf and blind

Every once in a while I catch myself

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Talking to the dead they’re such comfort

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Now that they’re dead

Who grew up with me moved away

And took all solace with them

Knowing me better than myself


Ruffling the drapes finally a breeze

To break the heat

Marrow mends the broken bones

Whom not to call I’m making a list

Where I left that screwdriver

I’m making a list to conserve energy

Room to room what’s to be done

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In this room there’s a bed to be made

No end to the war on dust

In this room there are books to be shelved

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Shelves to be cleaned books to be read

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In this room there are books to be written

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In this room everything I owned

Has been miniaturized into a snail

Into a thimble on the hump of sand

And planted in a pot on the widow sill

To see what will grow continues to grow

Continues to surprise us all

It’s for the surprises that I try at all

That I make an effort

Surprises so small so inconsequential

They make up for the pain they dazzle

Small bursts of wonder

Some helium some water balloons

Dr Mike




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