THE DANCE, A Poem



During the quiet moments at the beginning
you made your solemn declarations
drank the wine red and deep
ate those delicious little cakes
that the obscure Italian baker
baked in his little shop
that everyone talked about ,
but no one had ever seen.

Then you danced--oh you danced!
swirling layers of flung silk
in diaphanous froth that clung the movement
of your rounded thighs pressing upward
imprisoned in the flow

of the freedom

of the dance.

You were so alone with us then
so unique, your grey eyes at once

embracing the room
seeing everything
knowing everything
knowing nothing
flowing out, then inward

whispering silver like
white wine over rounding ice cubes,
your mystery, then as ever,
invisible as the inner petals of a rose before dawn.

We came with our assumptions
eager
nervous
anxious
to test that the formulas worked--
you merely whirled away
oblivious to the calculations
oblivious to our needs
lost then as now
in the enclosing freedom
the consuming fire
of the dance that

never ends . . .

© clark cook


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

...Which I guess is the never ceasing and random interelation of a zillion mindless particles. But how the klaidescope entertains for a moment, just a lifetime

Lovely work, Clark.

Bob


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Oh Moonfroth - I have missed your beautiful creative words and this completely made up for the lack of your wonderful additions on here. I have missed you and thank you for providing a wonderful poetic read.


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Brilliant, you Dervish poet! Disparate particles, cohesive, then fly apart, like atoms, how lovely!

Well, it's very cold, and my fingers are frozen, but you's better stop holding out on us, you. Also, do you realize you've been tagged at Google as a troublemaker, and have no blue money words in your poem? Welcome to the club ... love yaz, lily


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

But oh that dance... Thank you for this.


Valleypoet 4 years ago

Thank you for this poetic dance...it was a very enjoyable read with some very well chosen words:-))


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

Valley -- thanks very much. Hope to see more of you.


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

you were referred to me by a fellow poet lilyfly. You have indeed seen the dance, like many before us, we are left with the beauty of it and afterwords drink in it's beauty. No matter the place or time we are left exhausted and content with having seen the beauty before us in shapely forms, like a dream it leaves us as breathless as it entered. Peace and blessings I send to you this day and share your work with friends.


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The original Eman 3 years ago from london

Great poem moonfroth. Every line felt magical and sweet but also very daring. I yearn for moments like these , and you captured it superbly . Nice job


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A great poem that tells an interesting tale. I want to see that dance.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Gee Sir Clark - I didn't know Leonard Cohen wrote his poetry here.

Well hello hello my fellow Canadian - I am from lake erie time ontario canada 8:34pm are you here right now in Canada or in Mexico?

I am a big 'dance' fan but I never seen/read a poetic dance like this although it conjured up great visual images in my cinematic mind because of you artistry as a writer and a poet - hubbravo for this my esteemed colleageue and sending you warm wishes for your health, happiness and prosperity in the new year - and I hope to see you here as well because you're awesome, eh! lol


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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

EPIGRAMMAN -- 5:34 here in BC. This year we don't do Mexico until Feb.

I'm very pleased you liked The Dance, and if the Cohen comparison was serious, I'm flattered. He's one of my heroes. Caught his concert in Vancouver on Nov. 12--GREAT experience!. . .but I admired his work long before he became a songwriter and performer.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Well I was taught to always use a net when landing the best fish and as a result often caught such dancers, though tag and release appealed alot... grey eyed dancers, of course are far too graceful, often too focused to be tricked or caught up in a net... so I applaud your efforts... I am surprised is is possible to do so well with a pen only! Take care.. PD


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Lovely splash of frenetic energy moonfroth. Gorgeous celebration of the dance and the dancer. Regards, snakeslane


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Ryan McGill 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you!


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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

PEARL -- an intriguing, albeit somewhat equivocal, analogy and complement. Many thanks!

SNAKE -- 'splash of frenetic energy'--love it! Thank you.

RYAN-- Welcome! hope to see you again (there are over 30 poems hidden under "show all" on my site. I've complained to HubPages that access to my work is currently blocked. I don't know why)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

There is something sweet and erotic in this memory revisited, if memory it is, and I feel the yearning toward it. Beautifully done.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Aha.....now the Dance i really enjoyed very much....thanks for sharing this one and I am sharing it too. Votes all up way.


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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

AUDREY and DGH--

Thank you both for enjoying this piece. I think (not really sure. . .) it may derive from a Lolita-like girl who used to swirl her skirts provocatively at school dances a lo o o o o o g time ago! Hazy memory and present understanding can sometimes conspire in interesting ways, don't you think?


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

I do agree for sure @ moonfroth :-)


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Greetings!

A relative newcomer here. Out hub hopping and landed on your sphere, and oh so grateful that I found this poem. Such fluidity and sensuality. Simply stunning. Thank You.


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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

Welcome, Fires! Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for visiting.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Inspired Bro. An excellent piece.


Margaret Ann Waddicor 22 months ago

Tantalising to watch the dance, a seductive one even if not intended as such, the reds flashing through the poem and the delicious mystery:

"your mystery, then as ever,

invisible as the inner petals of a rose before dawn."

I specially liked these lines, excitingly invisible the "power and the glory" to steal a phrase from somewhere!

Yours from Ann of Norway :)


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moonfroth 22 months ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

This certainly is my day to be overwhelmed from Norway! You're inspiring me to blow the dust off a few more of these romantic moments and post them!


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lilyfly 22 months ago from Wasilla, Alaska

I have missed the dance, and many other, and I count myself the poorer for it!


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moonfroth 22 months ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

You're such a slow learner, Lilian--how can you "miss" the dance? You ARE the dance...........


Eldora 22 months ago

I'm not quite sure how to say this; you made it exletmery easy for me!

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