Demon Dance

Demon Dance

by Laura Summerville Reed


White noise on the other side of the door

A welcome reprieve

The courteously phrased accusations

are muffled tonight

by the singing of your demons

They only let you off the dance floor

to take a breath

during fitful bouts of apnea and sweat

There’s white noise waiting for me, too

and a tiny yellow torpedo of silence

A few hours of oblivion

then I’ll listen to the songs you learned last night

Dissonance is so much easier to sing

than dance to

but dance, we will

with our own demons

so I’ll teach mine a few of my favorite steps

and learn the cadence of this hard measure

that’s bruised my heel

and left scuff marks

of my missed footing


LSR 2010©


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epigramman 6 years ago

well I have my inner demons too wrestling inside of me - I just can't get your words off my mind ..... and yes with the way you can command this unique poetic language of yours - I say one thing - bravo to you Madam President! (Madam President of lucky words to be in your company that is ......)


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Oh Epigramman, the air is bit thin at the altitude that 'Madam President of lucky words' must reside upon her pedestal, not sure I can survive up there...or the fall she'd take from such a distance, lol! Thank you, my good man, as always, your comments are wonderful and your compliments are a most appreciated, thank you, again!


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epigramman 6 years ago

.....yes it's true ... most people would have trouble breathing up there in that altitude .... but not you!!!


ralwus 6 years ago

Oh yer a hot biscuit waiting for honey and butter. I never had apnea, the sweat, yes. Now, for that honey . . . and a dance, sticky stuff it is.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Laura - that's probably the most poignant poem I ever read. I'm reeling (and it's NOT the Virginia Reel!). :-s


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Epigramman, I'll try my best to keep dancing from way up here, lol. The view is fabulous, thank you :D

Charlie, I've said it before and I'm quite certain I'll get the opportunity to say it again - you are a piece of work! LOL!

Nellieanna, thank you, I'm so glad you like it. You write such beautiful things that I feel have somehow been in my head before I ever read them, I truly value you opinion, dear lady.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

lalesu-this so reminds me of Jung's shadow. Embrace it! Teach it some dance steps, skip along the way together.

You, dear one, are amazing. This is stunning.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Dancing demons lulled to rest through the aid of a little yellow torpedo...nice visuals. Dancing demons, how they torment my style, distract my waking hours practicing their steps humming their tunes in my head, persistent yet erratic and ragged on the ends dancing, dancing, until the torpedo arrives. Dance on Kentucky girl with your baskets of honey-buttered biscuits, dance on! WB


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

The trick with dancing with your demons is you always must lead. I think we all have been around the dance floor a time or two.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Oh Lorlie, thank you so very, very much. I'm so glad you like it. I've only heard of Jung's shadow in passing and am not familiar with the concept, but you've peaked my curiosity and I'm an information junkie so reading up on it is my next stop!

Wayne Brown and Sam, I will dance across the moon and back again if that's what it takes to wear out these demons. All I own is dancing shoes, lol!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Like every woman I've ever known a closet full of dancing shoes have never been enough to dance around their demons. I think it's the demons within or that nasty little yellow torpedo that submerges their desires to stop shopping for more colorful and designer footwear. Hail to the demons inside. Bravo Laura, you let the demons out to fiddle with our minds. Peace and hugs.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Ken, I'm so glad you don't mind listening to the sharp fiddle dissonance of my rants, lol. Thank you, the little devils do dance a bit lighter on their feet when I get comments like these.


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blake4d 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

I love it lalesu, Love it love it love...Although just a constructive criticism. I would have made the picture you put with it (which I know the art piece, and is a very good and esoteric choice if I do say so myself) - well, you should have made the picture visibly larger. Or at least I would have.

Love your work darling, but this one is right up my all. Kudos, and Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Oh! Blake, thank you so much! and I will certainly take your advice on picture, these little Jinns won't mind dancing on a grander scale, haha!


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blake4d 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

Yahoo, a woman who you can give a little artisic advice, and she not only considers it...but she takes it too. It looks amazingly more enhanced now, and with a great poem the art with it should enhance and playfully reciprocate in empathy. Double Kudos lalesu. Keep on Hubbing. xoxo Blake4d


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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

Dancing with demons... and maybe sly devils? Another awesome piece of work. Kudos!


ralwus 6 years ago

Come see if my demon topped who sometime. Dirty Charlie indeed!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

I'm really glad you like it, Blake and changing the scale of the pic was a simple thing...just don't be messin' with the way I loquaciously execute the phraseology of my prosaic verse...them's fightin' words there! Ha! Ha! :D

Augustine, what on earth would make you believe I consort with sly devils? haha! Thank you ever so much! :D

Charlie, I'll be dancing over that way in just a bit...I'm sure I'm in for a treat!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

"If you get the chance to sit it out or dance- I hope you dance!"


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, Mr Micky, I do love to dance!

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