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Art and Poetry: Tango

Updated on November 12, 2016
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

Tango

I love dancing and watching people dance. My brother is a choreographer and he has been ( and still is) a consummate dancer since he was a child. He tells me how he could spot the ones who let the music penetrate their being from the ones who are just recollecting some steps.

Thankfully our shared genes must have an impact on me. I love closing my eyes, feeling the music and just letting go. Not caring how crazy I may look to others.

I had my first Tango lesson a few years ago and fell in love with this intimate, sultry, sensual story telling.

The emotional core of Tango is in the closeness between the two dancers... it's almost like the rest of the world doesn't exist. Although I am not a great Tango dancer, it was good to let the rhythm take over and the feet spin.

This poem was born out of my Tango love. I found these incredible Tango paintings all over the web and thought it would be nice to share them here. In picking the music, it was tempting to go for a Tango music. Instead, I thought it would be unusual yet pertinent to pick a more intimate, emotional song that tells the story of you and I.

For that's what Tango is all about.

You and I.

Tango

*

The narrow cobbled streets

The moonlit strip of sky

That lights your face

*

The dirty walls shine

The grimy windows wink

And the creaky doors grin

*

We may dream of better

Paved roads, neon lit strips

And bright white doors

*

But the tap tap of our feet

Echo in these alleys

Sweet rhythm

*

Joining the thump thump

of our hearts

where chests caress

*

I clutch you, spin you

Grip you, win you

Never letting go

*

Up close, your face

The look in your eyes

Breaths coalesce

*

Legs twist, spin

Push, pull

In harmony

*

No air dare

Creep between our

Embrace

*

The narrow cobbled streets

The moonlit strip of sky

Why dream of more

*

Than heaven...

Than heaven...

*


Tango II - Fabian Perez
Tango II - Fabian Perez

© 2011 Mohan Kumar

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It was lovely dancing with you through your poem.

      It is so nice to see you. You've been missed around here.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Docmo ~ Well constructed Hub with an artistic and erotic nature to the dance. Just want to point out that this woman is most likely wearing a body stocking. Boy, can she do a split. I suppose it is the cultural bent with this type of Tango dance they demonstrate in the performance. Your poem goes along very well with the tone. Are these your painting and do you do the tango? Blessings, Debby

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      Irell VL 5 years ago

      Nice description of the tango. Even though I don't know how to do this dance (or dance period) this really makes me want to learn how to.

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      andsoforth 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Very nice...thank you.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Beautiful poem and great pictures.The rhythm of the poem was similar to that of a tango. Was that your intention?

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Doc, you have done it again... awesome. Tango on... :) Welcome back again.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I was there dancing every step - wow!

      Voted up

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Such an erotic dance and your poem said it all. Simply awesome.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Agility, passion, heat...art. Yes, the dance, but mainly, you, Docmo.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      @just ask susan - is there a better welcome back than to have that dance with you- thanks!

      @Debbie- thanks for your comments- although I do paint and I love those colours- they are not mine.

      @Irell VL- thanks very much. Do take up the dance it is a fantastic feeling to do the Argentinian Tango.

      @andsoforth- thank you very much.

      @rjsadowski- I am glad you noticed that- I wanted to cadence of the poem to reflect the tempo and rhythms somewhat. Much appreciated!

      @sofs - delighted to be back after a self imposed and circumstantial hiatus. Its nice to be welcomed back! Thank you, sofs.

      @MovieMaster- Thanks for the wow. I am humbled. And proud.

      @acaetnna- thank you so much!

      @Amy .. when you say it like that... makes me want to write more! Thank you.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Ooooh, Docmo, so passionate, so beautiful, so almost but not quite erotic - that is your poetry and this very well-chosen video you used to complement it. Well done, my friend. And welcome back. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Docmo. I'm breathless...Welcome back..

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      a dance close enough to reach the stars!

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      capricornrising 5 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      The rhythm of the last two line stanza is both breathtaking and exhilarating.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Docmo, the tango rhythm of your poem, and the words, are brilliant! You know I've actually stopped following you, because I thought you have left Hubland for good :) Glad you're back.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Sweltering hot in here Docmo! Beautiful.. enjoyed every bit of it!!

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      annie2roverle 5 years ago

      It helped me so much who can do better than that

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Ah, you definitely captured the reader's attention with this one right from the first stanza! it is amazing how, in such few words, you were able to allow me to visualize everything. I even felt the presence of love and distance in this poem. Well done! Voted Up and beautiful

      -KD

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks KD, much appreciated. Its one of my personal favourites.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Whistle whistle!

      "No air dare creep"... my favorite part! Lovely poem.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      (Takes a Bow) Thank you, clever cat. Is that a 'cat whistle' or a 'wolf whistle'. Appreciate your visit.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Docmo,

      Your poem was alive...the dancers, the music... The pace of your words matched the rhythm of the dance.

      Well done!

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      A lovely poem. I simply loved it.

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Amazing. You capture the feel of the tango with your words. There is something sultry and gritty about the dance. You can dress it up for a ballroom, but that essence of grit and of the streets and of sensuality that you express so well is always there. Nice job. I like it very much.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I was dancing along the poem with the beauty of your verse!.. lovely!!

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      unknown girl 4 years ago

      i am representing the ulla f muller school on the ballroom dance

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Oh, what a lovely dance! Great poem. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Lovely, romantic and passionate.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      A passionate poem with passionate pictures. Enjoyable!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Amazing poem and glorious pictures. The tango...the most romantic of all dances. Thank you.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      REALLY nice shoes... oh, the poem is wonderful too!

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Gorgeous in imagery, metaphor (?) and "the dance." Beautifully written....I love that walk down cobbled streets...so much more than meets the immediate interpretation. UP Awesome Beautiful Awesome Sensual and....Awesome

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the photos and this poem. You captured the Tango beat and that makes the poem dance off the page. Excellent!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Pant, pant, pant! Hot, heavy - and heavenly! i felt so in their moment! Yummm..

      And the middle picture? Why do so many think naked is sexier than clothed? (don't answer that..lol..)

      sharing, tweeting, loving..

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      @ Daisy & Shampa: Thank you for your wonderful comments and appreciation!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      @Dana: I agree there is something so gritty, sultry and sensual about the Salsa, the Tango and the Rumba as it emerged from the streets and alleyways rather than bourgeois ...

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      @rahul, Thelma, Sueswan, Made, Audrey, Maria: thank you all for reading this and your appreciation.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      @Kathy : thank you so much for your appreciation.

      @Tammy- glad you like this.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      @Leslie : Glad you liked the 'heat' of the moment... I always wanted ot capture the intensity and the sensuality of the tango and I hope in some way this does. appreciate your comments/sharing!

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      D.Juris Stetser 4 years ago from South Dakota

      Awesome, beautiful, interesting, Voted Up, and Sharing....you never

      disappoint!!! hugs, dear Mohan.....

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mohan (Docmo),

      I've returned to read your poem another time. I'm sharing it with a poetry group to which I belong.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Glad Daisy shared this one. It pulses with the tango rythm, and quickens the breath of this reader!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I keep finding these gems that have been shared by Daisy. And this one shines brightly.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful dance, wonderful poem! I'm breathless reading this. What a treat on a Saturday afternoon. Have to share this.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Doc...The passion in these verses takes my breath away (a phenomenon apparently shared by other readers). One doesn't simply read this poem--one FEELS it!

      Voted Up, Awesome, Beautiful (and there should be a button for Magnificent)

      Jaye

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      @Daisy - I am eternally grateful that you keep my hubspirits high during this temporary self imposed absence.. Thank you so much!

      @xstatic- always appreciate your kind comments. thanks.

      @Wayne- thanks- glad you enjoyed this.

      @Cyndi - this was inspired by an Argentine Tango lesson. I enjoyed the dance and the rhythm and it kept playing in my head when I wrote this. Thank you.

      @Jaye- Thank you so much. I write what I feel and I am truly delighted that others can feel it too.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      It was nearly a year ago that I first read this. It is just as good as I remember. Maybe even better. It will always be one of my favorites. One of those works that has become a part of me.... Love it when that happens.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      @Dana: Thank you for coming back for it made me come back here too. And I thought, why not complement the poem with a video of Tango art... so thanks for inspiring me to add something extra to this poem that is close to my heart too.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mohan (Docmo),

      Wow! I didn't think it was possible to improve upon perfection! The video you added is terrific.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      The video is beautiful. Amazing art as always. I like the works by Fabian Perez very much. Thank you for the intriduction to a new artist. The song choice is excellent. The tango itself, the art, and your words are so sultry that the pairing of a soft romantic song is a perfect compliment..... If the doctor thing doesn't work out, you coild have a great career making wedding videos ;)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love to dance and the tango is a classic routine. Well done with the words of the poem and I like the intro!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      @Daisy: thank you, very kind.

      @Dana: I too like the Fabian Perez's dusky, dark and delicious paintings that convey the seductive mood of Tango. thanks for your visit.

      @Christy: thank you very much - It's great as a fellow Tango lover you like this poem/video.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Mohan,

      when I was a teenager, I wanted to learn Tango, sadly I did not find a partner.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Love, Love, Love the tango paintings and song. Great fusion of song and dance. Your poem is lovely, Docmo. The tango is my favorite dance because of the passion and intricate steps that bring the dancing couple together. Again, another winning artistic piece.

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Docmo,

      Thank you for sharing your passionate imagery. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Incredibly wonderful. Love the tango. Passing this on.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      This was beautiful! I enjoyed it so much, the art is fantastic and the poem is incredible. The video is lovely to watch, too! I love to play tango music on the piano or keyboard, that's my greatest passion. Most favorite Tangos are a dream to play, the music just carries me along. This was lovely, thank you! Voted up, etc. Shared!

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