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Updated on December 6, 2012

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
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 profile image


      3 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Loved this when first has lost nothing...


      And to the fishy chap...a plaice you wouldn't understand!

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      Oliver Plaice 

      3 years ago

      This so called poem is made up of little more than small words which do nothing to enhance what could have been a decent piece of writing in capable hands.

      Most complicated text where the hell is this person coming from?

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      6 years ago

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

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      Clark Cook 

      6 years ago from Vancouver ara, British Columbia, Canada

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

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      6 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

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

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      Clark Cook 

      6 years ago from Vancouver ara, British Columbia, Canada

      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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      Margaret Ann Waddicor 

      6 years 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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      7 years ago from london

      Inspired Bro. An excellent piece.

    • moonfroth profile imageAUTHOR

      Clark Cook 

      8 years ago from Vancouver ara, British Columbia, Canada

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

    • ocfireflies profile image


      8 years ago from North Carolina


      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.

    • dghbrh profile image


      8 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I do agree for sure @ moonfroth :-)

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      Clark Cook 

      8 years ago from Vancouver ara, British Columbia, Canada

      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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      8 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! 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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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 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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      Clark Cook 

      8 years ago from Vancouver ara, British Columbia, Canada

      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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      Ryan McGill 

      8 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 years ago from Canada

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

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      Rob Welsh 

      8 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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      Clark Cook 

      8 years ago from Vancouver ara, British Columbia, Canada

      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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      8 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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      Jim Higgins 

      8 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

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

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      The original Eman 

      8 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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      Vincent Moore 

      8 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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      Clark Cook 

      8 years ago from Vancouver ara, British Columbia, Canada

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

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      8 years ago

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

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      8 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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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 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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      8 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.



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