Sihouettes' Dance

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By: Wayne Brown


Dancing, dark shapes; shadows to my prying eyes


Haunt the walls and windows wearing their disguise


Their dark form making motions cast in tones of mute


No sounds upon the wind; no music from the flute




Secrets told in shadows held tight in romance embrace


Flashes of light and darkness alternate in one place


First one then two, close, touching, emotions run high


Dancing in anonymity from prying eyes that spy




A love story in motion played out on the window shade


A watcher envies with jealous eyes of bright, green jade


A private moment; a tender kiss; not meant for the light


Love’s little secret thought hidden within the night




Not a word is spoken but the movements say it all


Mysterious dancing shadows upon the bedroom wall


Moments stolen; spent on a desired romantic chance


Cast upon the window shade, the silhouette’s dance



I am reminded of how we danced shadows in the night


Cast upon window curtains in the soft bedroom light


But that was many years ago, more than just a few


Time cannot take my memories of shadow dance with you




Now I move as a lonely shadow cast in solemn stance


Night shadows over your grave on your headstone dance


Death snatched you from our embrace; nothing left in trade


Now I sit alone watching other’s shadows dance on the shade





©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.


3 August 2012


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I guess, Wayne, that voyeurism is alive and well.

But I know that Peeping Tom will never tell.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Always sweet and passionate...always creating fantasies.....such beautiful Poetry from you, Wayne. Thank you. Up awesome


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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Enjoyed the poem and music. Voted up and awesome.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Wow, another awesome piece! In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Awesome, congratulations. You have seen Arlene and I dance.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Something missing. This poem left me empty looking for a last stanza.

Sometimes I reckon things are just missing so poetry and song fill the gap.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You, Sir, are a master! I am not that fond of poetry and I say that as my deficiency, no one else's...but your poetry is just excellent.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Those dancing silhouettes always tickle our imagination and sense of romance. Let the Peeping Toms eat their hearts out.

Voted up and beautiful :)


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Sometimes opportunity just presents itself, Doc! LOL! Thanks much. BTW...I added two more verses for Eric. WB

@fpherj48...So glad you liked it. This one was difficult because I was not sure what it was about when the lines of the first verse came to me but I knew they had meaning so I continued to struggle. I have added two more verses to bring Eric (above) some closure on the subject.

@sweethearts2...Thank you...so glad you enjoyed it! WB

@Faith Reaper....So glad you think so! Thanks much! WB

Mhatter99....LOL! Been watching every night! Thanks much! WB

@Ericdierker....I cannot have you walking about without a sense of closure...I have added two additional verses. Check it out and see if that helps your condition. Thanks much for the read and comment! WB

@billybuc...Most of these things just sort of move into my mind and set up housekeeping. Many times, I get a verse or two written and still do not know where it is going or what tone it will take. Somehow the words find me. Poetry was never my thing but once I started to write it, I saw the value that it had in terms of finding compact expressions which paint pictures for the reader. I then realized how much my other writing could improve as I honed my poetic skills. You should give it a go, Bill...I think you have the life experience and a way with words that would make you very good at it. Thanks much! WB

@MartieCoetser...Sometimes though our moral self says turn your head, our immoral self holds us in infatuation. That is the way life goes.....Thanks much, Martie...BTW I added two more verses. WB


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I think this is a beautiful and moving piece of work. Up and awesome!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Thank you! One of those that just "came to me". I appreciate the good words! WB


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Wayne-Your poem ignites magical visions for the reader. I was captivated from the first sentence to the last as I watched the dance from afar.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Such a tender moment that lets you relive each cherished memory as you stare at a gravestone and relive all that there was.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I can't say exactly where it ended when I made my comment. But I can say that on rereading it, I enjoyed it mucho. Probably it was not a problem with the poem but something about me --- I guess good poetry does that.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Minnetonka Twin...Thanks so much for those kind words. I am so glad that I could your interest fully. WB

@QudsiaP1...Say, like the silhouettes, the memories reflect off of things as well. Thanks much. WB

@Ericdierker...It was the last two verses which were added, Eric. Ironically, I thought the same thing when I finished it yesterday yet nothing more was forth coming. After I read your comment this morning, I just knew the poem had a deeper meaning and it could not deliver it on those four original verses...funny but the other two just immediately came to me when I could only draw a blank yesterday. I appreciate the help! Thanks much! WB


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Lovely and beautiful but also sad poem. Memories like shadows dancing will always remain in the mind when another person has gone to the world beyond. Wonderful images. Great video.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful poetry Wayne - voting up and awesome.

Best wishes Lesley


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Gypsy Rose Lee...Yes, my sister will love this one when she see and it will make her cry...she always likes the ones that make her cry for some reason. Glad that I could entertain you. Thanks much. WB

@Movie Maser...So glad you enjoyed it, Lesley. This one was a bit difficult but turned into a nice little work overall. Thanks so much! WB


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

so sad, Wayne...love can happen twice, yes? i know i hope so..


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@ImKarn23...For the sake of this poor soul, I sure hope so! Thank much! WB


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Beautiful. This was really beautiful.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I reread it. By golly it does bring some closure and more likely a ray of hope. Loss can be so brutal and yet also open new chapters.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@PegCole17....Thank you...so glad that you liked it. WB

@Ericdierker...Great! Glad it is complete for you now! WB


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Remembering a sensual memory of one who has passed. I hope I can recall and relive these moments as I advance through time. Another Wayne Brown original...


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

This is hauntingly beautiful, the poem, the mellow music together very evocative. Nicely done.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@A.A. Zavala...Thanks much, Augustine. I appreciate the good words! WB

@tobusiness...Thank you. I was really pleased with the way this one turned out. ~WB


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful poem. Shadows dancing, loved ones memories -sad but beautifully expressed. Voted up.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Vellur....Somestimes sad works! Thanks so much for the good words! ~ WB


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shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

Beautiful, i really love the imagery with the shadows, really stunning work! :)

Glad to read it.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

The beauty of the dance, shadows and all. Where do two people in love get a chance to look deep into each others souls. The dance allows us to be natural and into each other at that moment in time. Oh to keep dancing would be such a delight to hold each other tight in embrace, never wanting it to end. Let those shadows follow our steps as we tango around the room together. Don't we just love the scent of a woman? Beautiful work my friend, I felt so relaxed and the video helped. Uwah.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Vincent Moore....Every time I went out to walk the dogs the phrase, "sillhoutte's dance" would flash in my mind. That went on for about a week before I took pen in hand and the verses emerged. Poetry is amazing in its own way. Thanks much VM! ~WB

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