Before COVID shut the gym,
N***d she stood after her swim

Singing a Russian campfire song.
Me at an age, my memory long,

Knew the tune and kept the beat.
Words not found, I tapped my feet.

A new voice now, the tune the same
Chimed in Polish (!), kept the refrain.

Round the world the melody able
To make a unity from this Babel.

As walls echoed to beat the band,
Clementines passed from hand to hand

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